How is Jazz and music evolving today. Is the scenery too complex, too many styles at the same time?
Is there anything really new and proper leaders in Jazz. Where does the music get its direction ( web, musicians, companies, education ) ?
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You present a compelling question, one that I have thought about for some time. I was fortunate enough to grow up in Los Angeles, during a time when the great jazz singers, and musicians were still around, although there are a few left.
My father played with many of the greatest (names not ness.), he would take my brother and I along, although we weren't suppose to be in the clubs, it was some of our best times. The music made then was from the soul of individuals that had experienced the 40's, 50's, an 60's, the music touched your soul.
Unfortunately the purity of Jazz has given way to electronics, digitally has harden the sound, commercialism is today's recognition, how many albums you sell, what you look like, what training have you had. The majority of vocalist sound the same, or they strive to duplicate what has already been done, and pass themselves off as original. Jazz is becoming like bubble-gum music, better known as Pop, and even R&B is gone the latter.
Look to Neo-Soul, or small local clubs/bars, there you may find some hope.
Traveled around America ( 17 States ), I'm an ole-school jazz/blues sang-er.
Vintage and Nature (http://shaftesbury.webs.com)
Very wise words, good to see that I am not alone with these thoughts. We are living hard times these days. The world is a confusing place for young people and finding yourself is probably the key in music and in life as you said. I must now read it again.
Thank you and Best Regards VN.