The New Face of Jazz: An Intimate Look at Today’s Living Legends and the Artists of Tomorrow




The New Face of Jazz: An Intimate Look at Today’s Living Legends and the Artists of Tomorrow


By Cicily Janus

You’ve heard about them time and time again.  Their music—the most influential notes ever played.  Bird, `Trane, Miles, Ella and their peers are immortalized in personal CD and iTunes libraries around the world.  You can find their histories, the dirt behind their careers and endless archives in hundreds of books, encyclopedias and limitless websites.

Oh…and one more thing.
They’re dead.

The musicians cataloged in these pages are not.  They eat, breathe, sleep and live for Jazz. As unsung heroes of America’s only original art form, you need to know them.  As a matter of fact, you already should.

Because they’re accessible.
Prolific.
Entertaining.

Most of all, they’re the number one music resource in your community. You can find them headlining gigs from coast to coast.  The players highlighted throughout this book are our first line of defense when it comes to the continuation of America’s cultural heritage. They teach all ages from kindergartners to master degree students, spreading their knowledge around to propel their art into the hands of future generations.

I must throw out a word of caution before you dive in.  They’ll grab you by the ears and soul until you’re tethered down to their notes.  And once you’re there, it’s difficult to breathe.  Their art will leave you gasping for air in their intense atmosphere.  Yet, you won’t want to leave.  Keep listening. It only gets better.

The language they speak is progressive, evocative and lyrical. Anything but dull.

With this book as your guide, join us aboard this powertrane heading towards the best musicians, festivals, venues, radio stations and schools throughout the country.  On the way, we’ll pass through clubs in Atlanta, St. Louis, and New York.  Brunch will be served up with tasty morsels of original music in San Francisco, Seattle and Detroit. Join us for festivals in Telluride, New Orleans, Monterey and Jacksonville.

When you’re riding this wave, make sure you take a good look out the windows to your left and right as we whiz through this Mecca of Jazz. I can promise that what you see and hear is completely different than what you’ve heard in the past. Come view the world through the eyes of the New Face of Jazz.


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