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New Visionaries

JazzTimes staff profiles seven emerging artists who possibly represent the next generation of jazz greats

Robert Glasper one of the 7 New Visionaries
Robert Glasper
Anat Cohen
Christian Scott
Marcus Strickland
Aaron Parks
Esperanza Spalding
Anat Cohen
Anat Cohen
Robert Glasper
Aaron Parks
Christian Scott
Marcus Strickland

JazzTimes spotlights 7 New Visionaries in a series of profiles by its contributors

One of the most frustrating dogmas jazz harbors today is an almost hopeless longing for the past. The industry and community don’t want to even entertain the idea that another comet of a player-the kind worthy of a keen nickname-could forever alter the music’s route. Why not? Well, anything jazz had resembling a star-making machine is now moot: blame scant attention from the mainstream media; the few remaining labels and their willingness to reissue and crack vaults rather than fund artistic growth; losing hopefuls to rock, rap and pop; or the Internet, which has all but imploded the monoculture that made icons possible. (There’s another theory that says today’s up-and-comers aren’t any good, though that one isn’t worth your time.)

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