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By Stuart Nicholson

Is Jazz lifeless? examines the kingdom of jazz in the USA on the flip of the twenty-first century. Musicians themselves are returning to New Orleans, Swing, and Bebop kinds, whereas the paintings of the '60s avant-garde or even '70s and '80s jazz-rock is roundly overlooked. in the meantime, worldwide jazz musicians are growing new and interesting track that's simply growing heard within the usa, providing a attainable substitute to the rampant conservatism right here. Stuart Nicholson's thought-provoking ebook deals an research of the yank scene, the way it got here to be so stagnant, and what it will possibly do to create a brand new point of creativity. This booklet is sure to be arguable between jazz purists and musicians; it is going to definitely generate dialogue approximately how jazz may still develop now that it has turn into a well-known a part of American musical background. Is Jazz Dead? dares to invite the query on all jazz fan's minds: Can jazz continue to exist as a dwelling medium? And, if this is the case, how?

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