A whole slew of disclaimers before I start: 1. I am not a jazz/upright bass elitist. I don’t even have an upright (though I do want one). 2. I do think an upright sounds and works better for jazz music… Traditional jazz anyway, if you’re talking funk-jazz or fusion kind of stuff than a BG may be more suitable/better. 3. This isn’t a complaint, I’m just curious… Toronto’s Jazz Festival is currently running, along with some other jazz festivals around the world that I’m following on Twitter, and I’ve noticed that in a LOT of pictures the bassist is playing a fretted bass guitar roughly 90% of the time. This seems to be higher percentage than I recall from previous years but maybe I just didn’t pay enough attention before. Anyone have any theories why that is? Is it because BGs are easier to transport, and/or amplify? Is it because more bassists have a BG instead of a DB? Is a BG actually preferred for sonic/tonal reasons? Intonation? Etc. I should also mention that I haven’t heard a lot of these shows and don’t know what they’re actually playing. Sonically speaking, I can definitely see a BG being a better fit for really fast/busy music. Again, I’m just kinda curious if this a trend that other people are noticing as well, and if so, if they have any theories why. cheers.