The shocking news that the International Association of Jazz Educators; a long standing institution in the world of Jazz, came to a quick close today.
While many members including ourselves are indeed surprised and saddened by the news, it should come as no surprise that another Jazz institution has fallen by the wayside.
Jazz, America's music, was once known as the music of freedom to be heard around the world- it was in fact Voice of Americas musical choice to represent American ideals worldwide. Today many of us have forgotten how powerful this great music is; and in part the Jazz world itself must accept part of the blame.
Instead of reaching out to new markets with real original Jazz music, we have stagnated and tried to water Jazz music down by creating "crossovers" into just about every genre. While Jazz has a rich history of being able to adopt new sounds, it will not remain in the public consciousness without touting its own strong unique voice- and sound.