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oIt is acceptable to close your eyes and listen to the music, use your knowledge of jazz traditions and istory to guide your ears and help you understand where the performers are trying to take youModern “Jazz” MusicThere are many different types of jazz music being recorded and performed today, from traditional styles to fusion styles, acoustic to electric, and a lot of interesting combinations of many influences resulting in unique and highly artistic music.oThe term jazz has expanded to take in a wide variety of music, from te very commercial Smooth Jazz, to Latin Jazz, to the pop vocal stylings of artists like Norah JonesoIt is hard to know exactly what you will get if you search for “Jazz” music, but many of the traits that have been a part of the most artistic and creative jazz musicof the past can still be found, at the highest levels, in some of today’s jazz music.Like the Swing Era there is a lot of jazz music today which is meant to sell records and concert tickets, with some of the most artistic elements of jazz music pushed to the background in order to fit the pop music format oSmooth jazz for instance is one such style that operates under radio-format restrictions on musical contentoMuch of this music is well crafted and enjoyable but it is not the exploratory artistically creative version of jazz that we have been studying in this courseoThere are many musicians (some of whom also make a living as Smooth Jazz artists) that are still performing and recording very exploratory jazz music, following in the traditions of the great jazz artists before them taking risks and creating new music on a high artistic level oSome of the many interesting jazz artists performing today have apprenticed with the jazz greats of previous generations and almost all have studied jazz music in a university or music school settingoAll modern jazz artists follow the established jazz tradition of exploring and combining elements of different musician influences together in a jazz context,
trying to find a “new voice” and creating unique musician situations for improvisation to take place World Jazz 1980-2000Afro Cuban, Afro-Caribbean InfluenceAfro-Cuban and Afro-Caribbean musical influences have been a part of Jazz music since the Bebop era and Dizzy Gillepsie’s explorations of Cuban/Jazz fusion music African musical traditions influenced musical development throughout the Caribbean, and Centraland South America.European music also played a part, as many of these areas were territories controlled by different European countries for many years. oJazz music has drawn on influences from the wide variety of ethnic music styles found in this region and Jazz music has influenced the development of some of the musical styles that developed in the Caribbean and Central and South AmericaAfro-Cuban Jazz, Afro-Caribbean Jazz and “Latin Jazz” are terms that describe a style of
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