Forgive me if there are a few holes in my history here :
A musician’s union strike effectively killed off jazz as the mainstream music in the early/mid 20th century. There have been a lot of great jazz legends since then, and a lot of young kids sure have good chops, but jazz is/has been a dying art.
I saw the thread recently to describe what “jazz” actually means. I would define it this way:
Suck up all the pain and suffering in this world (slavery, oppression, poverty) and then blow it through your horn. What comes out the other end is Freedom!
Gary, thank you for making history. I believe that JABB will resurrect this lost art and history will record that it was preserved, in spite of the tragic destruction of its birthplace.