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The San Quentin/Folsom Prison Of Jazz

The Gray Lady ran a story today about a French initiative to take jazz bands into jails, somewhat in the manner of the great Johnny Cash concerts of yore. A French festival had the idea to bring the Gregsky trio into the highest security prison in Paris, where they played a completely improvised set. The idea, of course, is artistic rehabilitation in a French prison culture dealing with a high suicide rate. At very least, Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, aka Venezuelan terrorist Carlos the Jackal, seemed to be enjoying the show. Here's another European jazz subsidy that I can get behind. [The New York Times: Jazz for Society's Darkest Side]

Related At NPR Music: A look at the music therapy program for prisoners called Jail Guitar Doors, founded by Billy Bragg.