Opinions on musicians who operate turntables and fiddle with knobs will vary depending, I suspect, on the age of the person doing the opining.
But add some musicians playing conventional instruments - you know the kind: drums, guitars - and there is a lot more open-mindedness.
Which means that Charlie Dark, a whiz on turntables, samplers and other things with wires attached, should attract a wider audience at the Jam House tomorrow night.
He is joined in his African Beats band by David Okumu on guitar, Chief Udoh Essiet and Richard Olantunde on all manner of drums, as well as fellow broken-beat champ Marc de Clive-Lowe on synths and other gadgetry.
The West African percussion, jazz guitar and electronic fizz should go together a treat, providing fresh interpretations of age-old dance and celebration music, which is exactly what Dark does best.
This Birmingham Jazz gig is put on with assistance from the Contemporary Music Network and you can find out more on www.birminghamjazz.co.uk
Tickets are £8 (£6) on the door, which opens at 8pm.
* There is jazz with another rich tradition behind it on Saturday at Lichfield's Guildhall, where Zoe Rahman and her trio will be doing wonderful things to Zoe's wonderful compositions.
The rapport between Rahman, bassist Oli Hayhurst and drummer Gene Calderazzo is a wonder in itself, and there is no more charming host for a jazz concert than this very original pianist.
This is a Lichfield Arts production and tickets are £12 (£11 concs) with students able to get in for a mere £6. More on lichfieldarts.org.uk and you can book on there too.
* On Sunday, the late, lamented giant figure of Joe Zawinul could just be hovering in spirit form around the White Swan in Stratford.
That's because the band Jucamaya will be on stage and they have just recorded a tribute to Mr Weather Report. Whether you will hear any Zawinul compositions, well, you will just have to pop along on Sunday to find out.
Graham Dent also writes original material for the band, which is now a quintet with the addition of Richard Baker on trombone.
This is a Stratford Jazz gig and starts at 8pm. Entrance is free, but please support the traditional interval prize draw. More info from Roy Stevens on 01789 298607 or at www.stratfordjazz.org.uk.
* Also on Sunday, the ever-busy Midland Youth Jazz Orchestra, under the direction of John Ruddick, is at the Westley Hotel, Acocks Green.
It starts at 12 noon and you will get to hear all three MYJO bands. For more info go to www.myjo.co.uk.