In a December 2018 article entitled “Jazz Wouldn’t Be The Same Without Them.”, the New York Times featured individuals who have played a pivotal role in the American jazz business, naming Woody Shaw III as a key figure in a long tradition of community leadership.
Excerpt from the New York Times:
“It was about community,” said Woody Shaw III, the recently appointed executive director of the Mary Lou Williams Foundation. . . “There was a natural sharing of information, and Williams found herself often in a kind of matriarchal position. These men were younger than she was, and needed guidance and intervention — whether it was through her creating her own businesses and organizations that specifically accommodated the needs of musicians, or allowing them to stay in her home when they were having difficulties.”
Through his work with the foundation and with his own company, Moontrane Media Group, Mr. Shaw has himself become a crusader for artists’ rights, helping musicians claim copyrights and royalties for their work. . . Mr. Shaw describes himself as an inheritor of a mantle worn by figures like Mary Lou Williams . . .
Mr. Shaw called himself an “amalgamation of these influences and values, over the generations.” He added: “I’m trying to help legendary musicians move into the 21st century, in terms of how they brand and market their legacies and tell their stories. And then there’s the question of, how do we help musicians gain a level of control over their economic and artistic destiny in this generation, a control that they didn’t have in the past?”
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