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Unformatted text preview: Current Trends Current Trends 1st 50 years Three main artists Louis Armstrong Duke Ellington Charlie Parker 2nd 50 years Three Main artists Miles Davis John Coltrane Bill Evans What is the future of What is the future of jazz? Very positive, players can do whatever they want Lots of vigorous activity Tremendous growth in higher education Stylistic multiplicity Musical Trends Preservationists Wynton and Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra Post Avant­Garde Post Avant­Garde Experimentalists John Zorn Jazz­Lite – “smooth jazz” Kenny G and others World Music Latin, Asian, African, other ethnic music. Crooner Vocalists Diana Krall, Michael Buble, et al. Big Band writers ­ “free” jazz Bliggidy Blam abcd(x)­1 4 A B A 3 C D C 4 A B A 8 8 8 8 8 8 2 8 4 Bliggidy formal structure John Zorn Graveyard Shift Intro Neotraditionalism vs. Postmodernism Neo­traditional championed by Wynton Marsalis by Wynton Marsalis Postmodernism championed by John Zorn New­Traditionalism Wynton turned the acoustic jazz tradition around, saved the industry. He is the artistic director of Jazz at Lincoln Center He is closely tied to the techniques and repertoire of Duke Ellington. Controversial, proclaiming Controversial, proclaiming “what is” and “what isn’t” Jazz. Ponder these questions Does jazz have to swing to be jazz? Does jazz need to have inflections from the blues? Should jazz exclude certain instruments? Must the music sound Must the music sound connected to the “history of jazz” at the expense of its evolution? Post Modernism Diametrically opposed to new­ traditionalists Eclectic ­­ borrowing music from hard bop, classical, Klezmer dances, R&B, and nature sounds. Pieces are organized around “blocks of sounds” “blocks of sounds” Zorn’s rock band – Naked City Is jazz defined by the product or the process? Compare Marsalis and Zorn Wynton “sounds like” Duke Ellington, Zorn’s doesn’t. Fits better with product. Zorn’s music does the same thing Duke’s did, “beyond category”, it is music that “sounds unlike” anything that came before it. Fits better with process. better with process. Consider the collage from first class What is your experience as you listen compared to the first day? ...
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