UMBRIA, ITALY (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Last month, jazz musician Keith Jarrett, once a member of Miles Davis' inner circle, was permanently banned from Umbria's annual jazz festival after calling many amateur photographers/audience members "assholes". Watch his on stage outburst here.
If this were a rock concert, Jarrett's outburst would have gone completely unnoticed. The Guardian wrote “Jazz, however, is supposed to be polite, with jazz musicians expected to be urbane sophisticates. Quite how jazz acquired this reputation is beyond me. Anyone who has ever bothered to read a book on the subject (and one would hope that the organisers of the Umbria Jazz Festival might have done just that) will know that the behaviour of jazz's most revered musicians make the antics of Led Zeppelin look positively demure.”
Jarrett has issued an apology, via his management, but concerts in general and jazz concerts in particular may be improved by the banning all mobile phones and cameras.