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The struggle to define jazz has gone on for decades.
Ask lots of folks, you’ll get lots of different answers.
When asked for a definition of jazz, Louis Armstrong famously replied,
“If you gotta ask, you’ll never know.”
Some say jazz is music that swings, man.
Some say it has a bluesy sound.
Some define it by its syncopated rhythms.
Some say it’s jazz when there’s improvisation included.
Some say that jazz is NOT the music of Kenny G.
Then there’s an old musician’s joke about jazz being “better than sex, and it lasts longer.”
During the 20th century one style followed another, from blues, ragtime, Early New Orleans and swing to bebop, cool jazz, modal jazz, hard bop, avant-garde jazz, funk, fusion, post-bop...
Why not simply acknowledge each style separate unto itself?
Why do we use the term “jazz” to encompass it all?
As a jazz musician, I personally need an answer for this question.
So here’s what I’m thinking.
I’m thinking it has something to do with our primal need to know where Home is.
Jazz is Home.
All the different styles that have emerged are related,
like parents and siblings and cousins.
All the different styles come Home to Jazz.
And so we say,
All these different styles belong to Jazz.
Because there are so many styles that fall under
the realm of jazz, the Home of Jazz,
the musical vocabulary of jazz, the language of jazz,
is a profoundly rich one.
As a result, jazz is an extraordinarily expressive language.
Jazz allows for conversation.
You can have an easy, how ya doin’ kind of exchange.
You can have a formal, structured sort of conversation.
You can have a soulful, or sensual, or spiritually ecstatic conversation, beyond words.
I like to believe that most jazz musicians are grateful to be able to play the music.
We have a way to communicate our deepest feelings with others in this world
that transcends the limitations of verbal language.
As we study the music of those musicians who came before us,
as we honor them,
we keep the music, and the traditions upon which it is based, alive and growing.
Because it is born of a fabulous mixture of cultures and traditions
Because so many different styles have emerged during the past hundred years
Jazz is a tolerant language.
Jazz is a tolerant language because, from the beginning,
it has allowed for individual expression through improvisation.
And because it is a tolerant language,
Jazz embraces change.
It enjoys being used in familiar ways
and, inspired by past innovators,
supports exploration of new paths of expression.
Always, it welcomes revisiting its home, its roots.
Jazz is Home.