Jazz has lost its youthful following. Where? I can't say but everythng now is generated to a younger audience. Here's a twist. Why not operate jazz like classical music. Yes much of it s old as is classical music. All the more to be celebrated. Many feel that much of Duke Ellington's works should be considered classical pieces in their musicology and uniqueness. Just as we have jazz festivals all over the country and around; the world, each state should have one and annually. A place where jazz can be studied and praised. Too bad the IAJE folded. Perhaps jazz is not popular enough to sustain a plethora of activities and platforms. Much of the music being played today are played by today's younger musicians playing the music of pioneers such as Horace Silver and; especially Thelonius Monk. A jazz ombudsman is very cool and; may be affordable. I should think the jazz community could support something like that or perhaps there is a grant available to help with costs. At any rate, we should promote the music in a grander way to eventually have our own Jazz Grammy's which we've been striving for these many years!
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