Quick thought for discussion:
I think there is a big difference between playing jazz on the mandolin, and playing mandolin on a jazz tune.
Whaddya say? As an extension of the welcome message discussion, I have been hearing some mandolinists playing mandolin music in a jazz context, which is to say, lots of "white keys" without a lot of "black keys" i.e. a diatonic vocabulary that sounds more country/bluegrass than jazz.
I like to think that a jazz solo is a jazz solo: a good jazz mandolin solo should be the kind of rhythmic/melodic/harmonic vocabulary that would be used by a horn player or good jazz guitarist.
Now, we'd have to allow that jazz vocabulary in 2006 can be an extension of 1925 or 1947 if we choose it to be-or we can play within the established lexicon of ideas used in earlier times.
Django and Steph were knocked out by Louis and Art Tatum- so should we be!
I've never heard Django play a note without commitment.