Christian McBride über Jazz und Jazz-Festivals

Almost every other festival that calls itself ‘jazz’ fills the seats by bringing in non-jazz acts. They’re 80 percent rock and funk. (…) There’s a myth that nobody writes foot-stomping, finger-snapping jazz anymore. That’s because everyone is about the esoteric, the experimental side of jazz, the ‘What’s new?’ There’s nothing wrong with new, but there’s also no reason to throw out what’s good, what’s classic. (…) People have been predicting the ‘death of jazz’ since the British Invasion. If jazz has been able to survive The Beatles, hip-hop, hard rock and death metal and all that stuff, I can’t see it being in any imminent danger now.



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