Though it does a good job of showing off some of the leading talents who work just outside the jazz mainstream, the festival is not particularly bound to the avant-garde canon. We want to blur all the lines, ... It's easy for people to put things in a box. When events like this are institutional, it's the death of something that could have had some interesting possibilities.
Another example is a concert that juxtaposes entire universes of trumpet concepts. An Aug. 24 billing will showcase Jeremy Pelt, a gifted 28-year-old with a classic ballad style, and an ensemble led by Graham Ashton, a middle-aged Briton whose group boasts several leading symphonic brass players. We try to pair up things you would not likely see on the same program, ... We want to take categorization out of the whole presentation. If you want to have any kind of future at all, this is how you do it.