Jazz Police, I Hear You Calling

Jazz aficionados bow to no one in their ability to turn rapidly snobbish when confronted with a corner of the jazz world which does not square with their own vision of the genre. The infighting has reared its head in Toronto this month, with the International Association for Jazz Education holding its annual conference there. Upset at being shut out of the conference, a consortium of some of the city’s more innovative (read: non-mainstream) jazz musicians have organized their own gathering. That’s all well and good, says Carl Wilson, but the rhetoric coming out of the alternative gathering is a bit over the line. “We’re against music teachers now?”