The Shape Of Jazz Today

The programme seeks answers to some of modern jazz's most perplexing questions, ones that animate jazz fans in clubs the world over.

What is the state of jazz music today? Where are its top practitioners heading, musically and philosophically? And - perhaps most importantly - are they getting it right? Each week, Jez Nelson introduces one heavyweight jazz thinker, and invites them to put forth their expert - and often controversial - opinions on such matters, elucidating a unique perspective on the shape of jazz today.

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The programme seeks answers to some of modern jazz's most perplexing questions, ones that animate jazz fans in clubs the world over.

What is the state of jazz music today? Where are its top practitioners heading, musically and philosophically? And - perhaps most importantly - are they getting it right? Each week, Jez Nelson introduces one heavyweight jazz thinker, and invites them to put forth their expert - and often controversial - opinions on such matters, elucidating a unique perspective on the shape of jazz today.British jazz critic and author Stuart Nicholson explores jazz as a global phenomenon.

He argues that although the music was born in America, it has since been taken up by players all around the world.

They have infused it with their own local musical traditions to create jazz that is arguably more exciting than the more conservative music played by traditionalists in America.

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Gary Giddins, a regular columnist for the New York weekly Village Voice and author of Visions of Jazz, discusses how New York's 'loft scene' of the 1970s marked the end of the 'linear' history of jazz and ushered in a new era dominated by post-modernist eclecticism, a transition which Giddins belives ensured America remained the global centre for jazz innovation.

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Expect to hear forthright views from the likes of Stanley Crouch, Stuart Nicholson and Greg Tate.