Welcome to ALTERNATE TAKES!
Since the late 90s, I have worked in the music industry focusing on jazz in numerous and various capacities including licensing, royalties, booking, marketing, public relations, radio and consulting, etc. I am a life-long lover, enthusiast and supporter of jazz. Interestingly, it is the popular reaction to this reality which is largely in-part the inspiration for this blog.
My age, race and gender have been consistent curve balls to my associates throughout the years, creating both confusion and curiosity about me and jazz. As I evolve, the realization is that the conspicuous issue is the lack of diversity in the business of jazz. From recording, to producing, to journalism, the spectrum of people who document and present jazz is very narrow.
I should not be an anomaly of sorts. Consequently, I have become compelled to uncover the social and cultural relationship to the problem and have a dialogue in the process which you might not expect… “unlikely” topics from the “unlikely” fan.
– The Improbable Aficionado.
Angelika Beener is an award-winning journalist and host, with a dynamic career in the music business that stretches over the last 18 years. Angelika is a member of the Jazz Journalists Association and she has contributed pieces to various media outlets and organizations, including DownBeat, Jazz at Lincoln Center, National Public Radio, and Nextbop, among others, and lectures on event panels about jazz journalism in the contexts of race, gender, and generation.