The publicity machine for Treme is now in full flow on both sides of the Atlantic.
This TV drama series from David Simon, who created The Wire is about a family of New Orleans musicians rebuilding their lives after Hurricane Katina. The first of its 10 episodes was screened on TV screens in North America last night. And it will reach the UK in the autumn.
The Guardian Review did a feature on it on Saturday, by a Brooklyn-based writer named Gabe Soria. Which has one curious omission:
The word “jazz” doesn’t appear in the article. Eleven mentions of “music” or “musicians” but no J-Word. Anywhere.
“It’s a game: write about Treme without saying the J-word:”, the sage John L Walters suggested to me, pointing out that neither the New Yorker’s piece nor David Simon’s guide to the series had been infected or inflected by the J-Word.
Anyway, a consolation prize to Sarah Hughes of the Independent, who hasn’t quite managed it. She gets one reference in. The word jazz qualifies the noun funeral. Oh dear.
Heres the Guardian’s piece.
For those who can’t get enough of Treme, the Watching Treme blog looks like it will cater to those with gargantuan appetites for news and detail.
Your first-hand sightings of anything resembling jazz from in front of a North American TV screen will be welcome!