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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-some 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 setting-all modern jazz artists follow the established jazz tradition of exploring and combining elements of different musical influences together in a jazz context, trying to find a “new voice” and creating unique musical situations for improvisation to take place-some very interesting modern jazz music of today is being created by the artists in the following lists:Gutarists:John AbercrombieJohn ScofieldLKurt RosenwinkleDave StrykerRussell MaloneBill FrisellBassists: Dave HollandJohn PattitucciChristian McBrideRobert HurstPianists:Chick CoreaHerbie HancockKeith JarrettJoe ZawinulEliane EliasRene RosnesDanilo PerezGeri AllenKenny WenerBrad MeldauSax:Sonny RollinsWayne ShorterDavid LiebmanJoe LovanoMichael BreckerKenny GarrettGreg Osby
Branford MarsalisJoshua RedmanDavid SanchezWalt WeiskopfEric AlexanderSteve ColemanChris PotterRavi ColtraneTrumpeters:Kenny WheelerTom HarrellRoy HargroveDave DouglasWynton MarsalisTerrell StaffordTim HagansJim RotundiTrombonists:Wycliffe GordonConrad HerwigRay AndersonRobin EubanksDrummers: Peter ErsfkineBill StewartJack DeJohnnetteBrian BladeJeff “Tain” WattsVocalists:Cassandra WilsonKurt EllingBig Bands(playing modern, newly composed jazz music and “repertory” music-historical reproductions of well-known big band music)Lincoln Center Jazz OrchestraVanguard Jazz OrchestraMaria Schneider OrchestraChicago Jazz OrchestraGordon Goodwin’s Big Phat BandChuck Owen and the Jazz SurgeFusion Groups:
The YellowjacketsPat Metheny GroupSteps AheadChick Corea Elektrik BandBela Fleck and the Flecktones