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New York City Proves Worse for Jazz Musicians Than Ever Before, Says Gary Giddins

by Ian Holubiak   Feb 18, 2014 09:06 AM EST

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New York City may be the emblem of the "American Dream," and yet so many have fallen victim to the underbelly of Gotham's music scene.

Plenty of folkies, rockers and especially jazz musicians haven't found their way, and some of them even fall victim to supplementing their failure by selling drugs--this in the case of Philip Seymour Hoffman's alleged drug dealer.

Jazzers have found it exceptionally hard over the years to make ends meet, existing outside the parameters of success here in the city.

But now, a consensus from a CUNY Graduate Center panel reveals that jazz musicians have it harder than ever before!

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