Fusion while the avant garde was esoteric and appealed

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Unformatted text preview: ynard, Johnny Hammond, and groups such as Us3 and Funk Inc. Struggling to find new names for later developments, similar music has been called Nu Jazz, New Groove, Urban Groove, New Jazz Spectrum, and sometimes simply, “the European” style.” Thus, musicians continue to integrate jazz samples with a variety of acoustic and electronic tracks to create new compositions, but with the ‘distribution’ outlet shifting from clubs to radio. Conclusion Both fusion and classicism continue to dominate the jazz scene today. In terms of fusion, for example, an acoustic trio called “The Bad Plus” has received critical acclaim for its blend of jazz, pop and rock. But “Classicism” is perhaps more widespread. Ken Burns ‘2001, 10- episode documentary on jazz was very popular and exposed the general public to jazz’s history and various styles. In 2002, the Smithsonian launched its annual “Jazz Appreciation Month” to pay tribute to jazz as both an historic and living art form. In 2003, President George W. Bush signed Public Law 108- 72 which urges “musicians, schools, colleges, libraries, concert halls, museums, radio and television stations, and other organizations…(to)…develop programs to explore, perpetuate, and honor Jazz as a national and world treasure.” In 2005, the National Endowment for the Arts created “Jazz in the Schools,” an educational resource for high school teachers to help them create curriculum for students to explore Jazz as an indigenous American art form and as a means to understand American history.8 As a consequence of these efforts and the renewed interest in jazz, every earlier jazz style continues to exist. Whole “revival” and “preservation” musical organizations have been founded to maintain New Orleans style jazz. High schools and colleges across the country continue to maintain jazz bands and combos playing predominantly swing and bebop- style jazz. Many professional and amateur musicians still form smaller jazz combos that play bop, cool jazz and hard bop as well as the new fusion styles. It is clear that we are not only drawing upon a century’s worth of jazz styles founded in African- American traditions, but that we will continue to enjoy various fusions as musicians integrate jazz with the musical traditions...
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