This is the 97th of 100 programs in the Jazz at 100 series. We move now into the 21st century, presenting music from less than twenty years ago. Which of these performances will have lasting value? What players will be remembered for their contributions to advancing the music? What trends will turn into dominant themes? The more recent the music, the more difficult it is to tell with any certainty.
As mentioned in the last two hours of the program, to present this recent music, we are following the lead of critic Gary Giddins who wrote an essay in 2001 where he told the story of post-war jazz through a discussion of one musical selection from each year. In these final few programs, we are exploring recent jazz through a presentation of (generally) one musical selection from each year in the 1990s and 2000s. Jazz at the turn of the century, in this hour of Jazz at 100.
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