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Some of the freshest and most innovative music in the current day is coming from the jazz world. Why isn't this better known?

Some of the freshest and most innovative music in the current day is coming from the jazz world. Why isn't this better known?
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This article was first published in May 2015.

Jazz no longer has the same degree of influence or popularity nowadays. We shouldn't be surprised to see the public's musical tastes change over the decades. New styles come and go. But I must admit that I am still shocked when I hear young listeners describe jazz as old-fashioned, or treat it like a museum piece. As someone who listens to lots of new music in all genres—I spend 2-3 hours every day listening to new releases—I feel compelled to tell them that some of the freshest and most innovative music in the current day is coming from the jazz world. Why isn't this better known? Maybe those of us who love jazz need to do a better job of letting the world know about all the great new artists and albums out there.

I think the mainstream media could help change the perception. What do you think?

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