Traditional Jazz, Race, & Nostalgia: Looking to the Future of Our Musical Traditions
A discussion among New Orleans’s senior African American jazz musicians and local culture-bearers about what it means to perform ‘traditional’ jazz almost 100 years after it’s birth. This will be a critical discussion of the personal decisions that musicians have to make about what parts of jazz tradition should be carried on, what parts should be left in the past, and how we contextualize and approach elements of jazz tradition that conflict with our present-day values. This includes discussion about racist, violent or misogynistic lyrics, and how we regard the musical legacy of those who may have been less-than-heroic in their personal values. Host to be announced.