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I hope that these observations about jazz give you some perspective on the music that isn’t available elsewhere. My first post below is a recent essay I wrote for a class in my Jazz History MA program, jazz and film. It marks where I am right now: at the beginning of my foray into the world of jazz writing and historiography. Expect a combination of essays, reviews and questions for the community in future posts. My goal is to speak about the jazz world from the perspective of its younger participants — people like me who grew up well after Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, John Coltrane, even Miles Davis had passed away. For us, these people are ghosts, but they speak to us in very real ways through music and mythology. Our perspective on these voices doesn’t yet have a strong presence in the jazz discourse, but I hope that will begin to change soon.
Also watch this space for information about the upcoming relaunch of the Rutgers Jazz MA website, which currently leaves a lot to be desired.