The comments that have accompanied my editorial rant of the other day on the sad and sorry state of IAJE include one from an abject COWARD who goes by the inocuous salutation of "A Concerned Jazz Fan." This particular person, characteristic of a certain cowardice that runs far too rampant in these 21st century times, makes certain accusations against yours truly in a particularly specious attack on the work of both myself and my partner & spouse Suzan Jenkins (get your spelling right Coward Concerned Jazz Fan) — sans truthful attribution. It’s so easy to make such vicious attacks under the cowardly cover of an anonymous post.
Questions were raised in Coward Concerned Jazz Fan’s otherwise intelligent post relative to what I’ve done on behalf of IAJE over the years. Please allow me to set the record straight: I have served in a volunteer capacity as a panelist, moderator, research paper speaker, technical assistance workshop leader (Ask The Experts sessions, etc.), and conference planning consultant, and gratis contributor to IAJE’s Jazz Education Journal for nearly 25 years. I’ve written web content for IAJE and have written scripts for the NEA Jazz Masters conference video presentations. Additionally I have hosted and produced television programming at the IAJE conference.
I have been an IAJE member for 25 years. As a contributor to IAJE and participant in the IAJE conference my record has few peers and I stand on my record accordingly. I don’t happen to live in a glass house, so I wrote that editorial rant with a completely clear conscience. I wonder if the Coward Concerned Jazz Fan can say likewise — particularly given his/her cowardly absence of ownership for those posted comments. Its easy to bitch & moan under the cover of anonymity.