“What Is Jazz?”

May 1, 2003

Taylor –a noted jazz pianist, historian, & educator — discusses jazz from its roots in the African-American slavery experience, through the early days of ragtime, & onward through swing, bop, & progressive jazz. Excerpts can be sorted by artist or jazz style. They’re organized around questions, such as:

  • Where was jazz born?

  • How did swing become bebop?

  • How is bebop influencing today’s jazz artists?

  • Where do ideas for improvisation come from? (KC)

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