Ae9. Why is jazz great?
- Peter Flom reports that his favorite forms of music to listen to are classical (in particular, the baroque and earlier) and jazz (particular bebop and similar styles). Something about his brain is pleased by the complex polyphonies present in each. If Bach were alive today he'd be writing jazz.
- A teacher from Australia, David Stewart, writes that jazz, more than any other musical form (with the possible exception of classical music), isn't about image, money or fame - it's just about music. Nobody gets into playing Jazz because they know it's a shortcut to fame and money and nobody listens to a jazz performer because they like the way they look. Pop and Rock music is littered with musicians who have no actual talent but nobody gets anywhwere in Jazz unless they can actually play. It's a musical form that is solely populated by people with talent who genuinely love the music that they play which makes it music in it's purist form. (Written Dec 1, 2011)
- Charles Owens, father, husband, saxophonist, composer, and educator, argues that jazz is the ultimate form of self expression. You have to "play jazz with intellect, spirituality, passion, and virtuosity," he writes. Other forms of music require some of these, but not all of them at once. (Written May 5, 2014)
- Software developer, Bill Coleman, maintains that improvised music is the ultimate expression of spontaneous, organic creation and provides a meeting of great minds to paint magnificent sonic landscapes bigger than any one musician. It's a beautiful thing when it is done well. And nobody does it better than the great Jazz musicians. Also Jazz has infectious rhythms that can turn an audience into a single pulsing unit; just imagine what it was like to be dancing in the crowd to Chick Webb - Wow! Additionally, jazz was also "wrong," bad, nasty, dangerous and rebellious. For generations it was the music of youth, courage and optimism.