James Scott Skinner : Foe of Jazz


Fiddler James Scott Skinner would certainly have had a pretty poor view of contemporary developments in traditional music whereby elements of Scottish folk and modern jazz are brought together in ‘fusion’. Indeed, one of his artistic aims was to kill jazz through fiddle music:

Skinner-NYT New York Times 14 March 1926

Unfortunately/fortunately (please delete according to your own taste) he did not live long enough to complete his task:

Skinner-NYT-2 New York Times 18 March 1927