Playahata Times: Entertainment Section
Wynton Marsalis and other Jazz greats boycott Oprah Winfrey
by Ricardo M (Additional Reporting by Dassum Bull)
July 5th, 2006
NEW YORK – Max Roach has joined in the criticism of Oprah Winfrey by accusing her of being a “hater” of Jazz Music. The omnipresent American chat show host was moved to defend herself after she was accused recently by jazz greats Sonny Rawlins and Craig Harris of having a beef against Jazz musicians after not having had any Jazz on her show.
Top selling, Wynton Marsalis said that Oprah has invited him on recently but due to a busy schedule, he might decline her offer. In a press release Marsalis only said he has no proof Oprah hates Jazz but was not able to to be reached for further comment, and was not sure if he was going to respond before the July 5th show deadline, though insiders told Playahata.com entertainment correspondent Dassum Bull, that he was going to snub the billionaire talk show host until she could show some loyalty to the art form.