Sp3. Are there any non-black musicians in the pantheon of jazz?
Wynton Marsalis appears to claim that there are no white players in the pantheon of jazz: “Do I have a problem saying there are no white players in the pantheon of jazz? No. There’s Bird, Louis, Trane, Duke, Monk and Miles. Now let’s look at classical composers—Beethoven, Brahms, Bartók, Mozart. I can name all of them and never name a Negro. Is that a problem? No.” ”
If the pantheon of jazz only includes the musicians Marsalis mentions, then none of those players were white so Marsalis would be correct.
➢ What does "pantheon mean anyway?
“3. the place of the heroes or idols of any group, individual, movement, party, etc., or the heroes or idols themselves.
4. a temple dedicated to all the gods.
5. the gods of a particular mythology considered collectively.
The origin of the word is from around 1375–1425 from late Middle English using the Latin word "panteon" from the Greek word "Panthēon" with "Pántheion," the noun use of the neuter of "pántheios" meaning "of all gods."
- Bruce Buschel, "Angry Young Man with a Horn," Gentleman's Quarterly, February 1987.