Jazz Congress 2019: Jazz, Swing, Race, and Culture

Panelists Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, Myra Melford, and Nicholas Payton debate the meaning of "swing" at the 2019 Jazz Congress

Myra Melford, Christian McBride, Andre Guess, Wynton Marsalis, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Nicholas Payton debate swing at the 2019 Jazz Congress
Left to right: Myra Melford, Christian McBride, Andre Guess, Wynton Marsalis, Terri Lyne Carrington, and Nicholas Payton debate swing at the 2019 Jazz Congress

What does “swing” mean in 2019? A distinguished panel that includes Wynton Marsalis, Christian McBride, Terri Lyne Carrington, Myra Melford, and Nicholas Payton ponders the social, cultural, and racial factors that affect individuals’ perception, acceptance, or rejection of the term at the 2019 Jazz Congress, co-produced by Jazz at Lincoln Center and JazzTimes. Moderated by Andre Guess. (Note: The session actually begins at 18:55.)

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