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How does Jazz Music compare today vs. the 40's & 50's ?

  Jazz music has split into many different sub-genres.  The biggest difference is the labeling of instrumental pop(i.e. Kenny G, Candy Dulfer, etc) as jazz.  Traditionally jazz has been defined by 2 basic elements 1. improvisation and 2. swing.  Since the late 60's jazz has incorporated more elements of funk in both instrumentation and playing styles.  There are still traditional jazz performers that have followings today(Joshua Redman, Cyrus Chestnut, Roy Hargrove, Christian McBride).  Many of these artists have also ventured a bit towards pop elements at times.  There is also a huge number who have focused on the modal jazz made popular in the 60's by Miles Davis and John Coltrane.  In the 40's the big band was very popular.  Towards the end of that decade it became less financially feasible to keep a big band on the road.  This brought about the smaller jazz combos.  In the last 20 years big bands have made a comeback.  Many of these are "ghost bands" like the Duke Ellington and Count Basie orchestras.  Some groups also consist of all star groups.  I hope this helps.



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Guy Percy


I can answer questions on jazz theory, artists, styles, etc. I am a bass player, but I have a good knowledge of all the instruments.


I have been a bass player for over 20 years. I am an active Jazz musician in my area.

BM Jazz Performance BA Music Ed MA Music Composition

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