February 23, 2018

What is the future of jazz? Will there be more, less, new styles? Defining jazz as a music characterized by a motivating beat, improvisation, and jazz-like sounds and styles, let me make a few predictions based on my experience and observations.   Jazz will certainly live on and thrive. I very much doubt it will[…]

Read More

October 31, 2017

Jazz Listening Spectrum   Early in the semester of my Music Appreciation classes at Pensacola State College I would present what could be called a Passive-Active Music Listening Spectrum—ranging from very passive to very active. The spectrum depicted below describes the participation or engagement level of the listener with regard to the music/performers. Passive is[…]

Read More

September 15, 2017

  The Labels of Jazz Big band, swing, Dixieland, Bop, smooth, contemporary, soul, latin—on and on go the labels we use to characterize different styles of jazz. What do the various terms mean to you? Can you hear in your mind what that jazz sounds like? Is there any scholarly consensus as to what they[…]

Read More