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Jazz music is best experienced in a live setting, you are encouraged to attend a concert and experience it for yourself. Of course, the same rules apply for audience behavior and etiquette. Cell phones must be turned off (not on vibrate, OFF...), talking and distracting behavior during the musical performances is not acceptable, and neither is entering or leaving during the music. It IS absolutely acceptable to close your eyes and LISTEN to the music, using your knowledge of jazz traditions and history to guide your ears and help you understand where the performers are trying to take you.Modern "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. The term JAZZ has expanded to take in a wide variety of music, from the very commercial Smooth Jazz, to Latin Jazz, to the pop vocal stylings of artists like Norah Jones. It 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 music of 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. Smooth Jazz, for instance, is one such style that operates under radio-format restrictions on musical content. Much 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 course. There 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. 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:Guitarists:Kurt Rosenwinkle Dave Stryker Russell Malone Bill Frisell John Abercrombie John ScofieldBassists:Dave Holland John Pattitucci Christian McBride Robert Hurst Pianists:Chick Corea Herbie Hancock Keith Jarrett Joe Zawinul Eliane Elias Rene Rosnes Danilo Perez Geri Allen Kenny Werner Brad Meldau Saxophonists:Sonny Rollins Wayne Shorter David Liebman Joe Lovano Michael Brecker Steve Coleman Chris Potter Ravi Coltrane Kenny Garrett Greg Osby Branford Marsalis Joshua Redman David Sanchez Walt Weiskopf Eric Alexander
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Branford Marsalis, Jazz Messengers, Wynton Marsalis Terrell Stafford