Jazz was one of the best genres of music in the 20th-century. Over the past years and several decades, it has faced a cultural shift from the music of social justice activism to a form of art music. The shift of the genre is a result of institutionalization on the upper segment of the society. It includes corporate music festivals, agencies, or universities. While some considered these changes in a broader discourse in the genre, others studied its effects on the local or public jazz scenes. The glory days of jazz are now gone, some of its remaining heroes are reducing. Sometimes, you might not hear jazz in the 21st-century nowadays. But still, thanks to dedicated musicians, they make the genre liven up until today.
21st-Century Modern Jazz
As we move to the modern age, the genre of jazz also becomes modern. There are still jazz artists that continue the pre-existing genre. In today’s jazz, artists are likely to pull post-bop, 3rd stream, Avant-garde, and modern fusion within the same piece. But as these artists draw from eclectic sources, we can now see some similarities of new jazz in the 21st-century. Many modern artists in jazz feature composition and arrangement in their music. It is still along with improvisation that is based on the chord progression or freely improvised section. The part of this genre may also include large scale pieces along with multiple sections. Also, there is an attempt in the modern genre of jazz to blend improvisation and composition that makes it hard to tell apart.
21st-Century Jazz Musicians
Up until today, there are a lot of jazz musicians that keep the tradition of the golden era of jazz alive. Whether they remain on the old tradition of doing their job on their own. Moreover, the list of jazz artists or musicians is considered to be an essential jazz release from 2000 up to this date. It may also include those who are from vulnerable jazz greats that refused to go out quietly.
- Gregory Porter: American songwriter, actor, and singer that successfully revived soul-jazz. He successfully revived soul-jazz and almost sold thousands of records worldwide.
- Robert Glasper: He is a Multi-Grammy award winner and Emmy nominee. He also formed the supergroup R+R=NOW.
- Mary Halvorson: She is a composer, bandleader, and experimental guitarist. She is considered as one of the celebrated jazz guitarists in the 21st-century.
- Esperanza Spalding: She was a bassist, cellist, and singer that went on to win 4 Grammy Awards. It includes the best new artist in 2011 that makes her the first jazz artist to do so.
The Future Of Jazz Genre
We don’t know the future of the genre of jazz, maybe it would fade out on the music industry, or it will still shine. But one thing for sure, the genre of jazz will continue to evolve. Contemporary mainstream, traditional, straight-ahead, and acoustic jazz will continue to prosper. Some up-and-coming young artists are influenced and inspired by swing, blues, and bebop will continue to push the genre. Moreover, big bands (i.e., 17-18 piece jazz ensembles) will also continue to be prevalent in middle school, high school, and universities. It will still consist of jazz classics from the 20th century and up to this modern era. The cultural implication of the genre will continue and will never be gone in the future.
Well, as said earlier, the genre of jazz will stay in the music industry. Many young people who are inspired by the genre still listen to it up until today. For some of us, jazz will be the same no matter what changes it may go. It is not only a genre of music but also a way to express words through music.