The Heritage of Jazz

exploring the evolution of jazz

Jazz is an art form that can give us a way of understanding ourselves. The real power of jazz and the innovation of jazz is that a group of people can come together and create art, improvised art, and can negotiate their agendas with each other. And that negotiation is the art. We can have a dialogue. We can have a conversation. We can speak to each other in the language of music.

Wynton Marsalis
from Ken Burns, History of jazz