Noted New York jazz writer Howard Mandel and saxophonist Steve Wilson discuss ways in which jazz music -- its industry, artists and audiences -- reflect (and elude) class division in America.
Howard Mandell writes for Down Beat, Jazz Times, Swing Journal, the Wire, Signal to Noise, and Musical America.
He is also president of the Jazz Journalists Association, and editor of its website Jazzhouse.org.
Steve Wilson is an American jazz saxophonist and flautist. In 1987 he moved to New York, where he established himself as a sideman.
He performed with the American Jazz Orchestra, the Mingus Big Band, and the Smithsonian Jazz Orchestra, among others. In 1997 he formed the Steve Wilson Quartet with pianist Bruce Barth, bassist Ed Howard and drummer Adam Cruz. The group has performed together for over a decade and produced two CDs.
He also heads a larger ensemble, Generations, which performs jazz classic and original compositions, and he performs in duo with drummer Lewis Nash.