Under-programmed. The Philharmonic's commitment to jazz at the Hollywood Bowl was an important affirmation of the music. But the programs, in retrospect, had the feeling of a trial run. And Clayton's decision to place the Clayton-Hamilton Orchestra as the centerpiece of the programs needs careful consideration--especially so in the light of criticism that the series presented too few major headliners.
Underemployed. There's another way to look at the burgeoning activities in jazz education, and it relates directly to the glut of new recordings noted above. The question, simply put, is this: Are these young musicians being educated for a profession with minimal employment opportunities? And the short answer, unfortunately, is "yes." But there's no denying the value in dexterity, musicality and sense of self that comes from the study of music; at the very least, these programs will help build new audiences for jazz. But it's also vital for educators to present their eager and ambitious students with a realistic view of the professional world.