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United by our Love of the Music

Jimmy Greene's presentation at the 2016 Jazz Connect Conference

Jimmy Greene and daughter Ana, March 2011

Ethnomusicologist Paul Berliner offers this definition of the American jazz community in his book Thinking in Jazz (and I’m paraphrasing):

“Continually drawing sustenance from its fundamental ties to African American culture, The American jazz community cuts across boundaries defined by age, class, vocation and ethnicity. At its core are professional musicians and aspirants for whom jazz is the central focus of their careers. . . . Around its core of artists, the jazz community includes listeners with wide-ranging tastes. Their ranks include supporters with diverse national and cultural backgrounds who have adopted the community’s music as their own.”

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