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Jazz TodayIn the 1970's traditional acoustic jazz popularity began to fall, as the popularity of rock and funk music grew. Many traditional jazz artists had a difficult time keeping their careers alive, unless they were able to work in the fusion style. Many traditional jazz musicians found work touring and recording with Motown groups and other popular music acts of the day, or in television and film music. Some moved to Europe to preserve a jazz performance career, as traditional jazz was still popular and the artists appreciated there more than in the USA.Some traditional jazz groups made a living touring and performing on college campuses, finding an enthusiastic audience in young college and high school musicians. Many of these groups were big bands, such as the Woody Herman Band, the Maynard Ferguson band and the Stan Kenton Band, all popular names from the 50's big band scene that led groups of young musicians touring the country by bus, playing "one nighters" for the most part. Other names from earlier jazz eras were also playing traditional jazz around the country including the Count Basie Band and even the Ellingon Band after his death. Sonny Rollins, could be heard on occasion (he still is playing concerts to this day), Horace Silver had a group of young musicians and Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers maintained a constant touring and recording schedule. Many of the next generation of jazz artists came through these groups, especially Art Blakey's group, a tradition dating back to the beginning of the Messengers.In the early 80's the Messengers featured a young trumpet player named Wynton Marsalis, an excellent trumpeter who had jazz and classical background, a fact that was important to the publicity and notoriety he would attain. Wynton, and saxophonist Branford Marsalis are sons of pianist Ellis Marsalis, a well-known jazz artist, and a mainstay in the New Orleans jazz scene. Growing up in a household full of music, where many of the jazz greats visited when playing in New Orleans, they learned the traditions of jazz music first hand, and dedicated themselves to the music. Wynton had gained notoriety for himself as a very talented young classical trumpeter, playing solos with well-known orchestras and chamber groups. He was also well known as a jazz trumpeter.