Is Jazz Dying?

Jan 11 · 4 min read

Many people have asked me over the years, is jazz dying? On account of being a jazz musician this question always surprises me. So I've finally decided to sit down and write my thoughts about this sensitive subject.

Jazz is not dying. There are still people who love and play jazz, and they're doing so in ways that are different than before. Let's take a look at how this genre of music has changed over time and why it remains relevant today.

Jazz is not dead.

There are still great jazz musicians, and their work continues to inspire the next generation of artists. As a living art form, jazz is constantly evolving and changing in new directions. It is a social activity with communities around the world that support it through performances and education programs. Although there are fewer people playing jazz today than there were fifty years ago, this does not mean that the tradition is dying; instead we have an opportunity to celebrate its evolution from previous generations while creating new works for future generations to enjoy.


It's hard to find good jazz in small towns

Jazz is a niche music and there are fewer venues for it, which means that finding good jazz in small towns can be difficult. But it's not impossible; you just need to know where and how to look.

One of the best ways to listen to jazz online is by subscribing to a streaming service like Spotify or Tidal. And definitely check out jazz on Youtube. These services offer unlimited access to thousands of popular songs and albums, including many by famous artists like Louis Armstrong and Miles Davis. You might even be able to find some local musicians who have recorded their own album on one of these platforms!

You could also check out your local library or book store—they may have CDs or DVDs available for checkout as well as books filled with sheet music that could help you learn more about this musical genre!

If you want proof that jazz is not dead, check out this session with Miki Yamanaka:


Jazz evolves from one generation to the next

Jazz is a living art form. It evolves from one generation to the next, as each new era brings with it new artists and styles that push the genre forward in exciting ways. Inspiration comes not only from other musicians but also from life itself; for example, Louis Armstrong was inspired by ragtime pianists, Dizzy Gillespie was inspired by Charlie Parker's bebop style, and John Coltrane took inspiration from modal playing. This is why there are many different types of jazz today—you can't really say that one type of music is more representative or "pure" than another because all of them have something unique to bring to the table!

Here's another little taste of the hot jazz that's coming out of the new generation:


Jazz artists of today have new opportunities to share their music because of the internet

The internet, and especially online streaming services like Pandora, Spotify and iTunes Radio, have opened up new opportunities for jazz artists of today to share their music with the world. For example:

There are many ways to share your work with the world that didn't exist just a few years ago. YouTube is one of them. A second is social media. Each day, hundreds of thousands of people use Facebook and Twitter to connect with one another, and many more than that use Instagram and other sites like it.

Another way musicians can reach out to new audiences is through jazz festivals—both in real life and online. For example, the New York City Jazz Festival has broadcast performances online since 2010 (and has been doing so since its inception), while Jazz at Lincoln Center's "Live from Lincoln Center" series streams live concerts around the world on its website’s homepage every weekend from September through June or July each year.

Check out the Emmet Cohen Trio:


Musicians need each other to learn, perform and develop as artists

Jazz is a language. It is a way of life. It’s an art form and the most important part of that—it’s a community.

The musician coming up in jazz right now, whether it be at the high school level or college level, needs to play with other musicians who are better than him or her. They need to perform sometimes with people who are worse than them too because they will grow from it (and even learn something). They will also learn from their peers when they don’t perform well—they might not understand why but they will gain something from this experience as well. And if you think about it, this is how we learn everything else about life: through trial and error (and sometimes just by watching others do it wrong), we develop our own style and methods for success over time.

This isn't possible if there aren't other players around you playing similar music styles so that there's someone out there who can challenge your abilities as much as possible while allowing yourself opportunities for growth as well!

Check out Domi Keys:


There are people keeping jazz alive

It's important to remember that jazz is a living art form. In other words, it was born in the United States and has since grown into a genre with worldwide influence. There are people keeping it alive today by collaborating with one another, expressing themselves through jazz and experiencing new music together as communities.


Jazz is very much alive. It has evolved throughout the years and will continue to do so. There are many young people learning jazz and sharing their love for this music. You can find jazz artists all over the world who have learned through playing with other musicians or listening to others perform live. The internet has brought us closer together and allows everyone to share their music with each other no matter how far apart they may be physically

Leslie Rayborn
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