After Wynton

Narrating Jazz in the Postneotraditional Era 1

Authored by: David Ake

The Routledge Companion to Jazz Studies

Print publication date:  December  2018
Online publication date:  December  2018

Print ISBN: 9781138231160
eBook ISBN: 9781315315805
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This chapter outlines six categories that Wynton Marsalis and other so-called neotraditionalists upheld as marking jazz’s identity, value, and meaning during the 1980s and 1990s. With Marsalis and the people and institutions with which he is most closely associated—Lincoln Center, the writers Albert Murray and Stanley Crouch, the Ken Burns documentary—now moved to the margins of jazz relevance, the chapter explores which aspects of the neotraditionalists’ formerly dominant jazz narrative are likely to persist and which of these will change, recede, or vanish as we head into what we can now call the postneotraditional era.

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