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Jazz Today, Jazz Tomorrow (1990 - 2000 +)

III. Jazz Tomorrow

A. World Music


Eastern, African, Latin, and 20th and 21st Century Classical musics 



where jazz is headed is anybody’s guess, however, it seems likely that jazz (as it continues to become more universal) will increasingly witness the inclusion of more World Music  



where jazz ends and improvised World Music begins (and vice versa) will blur to the point of indistinguishability 

B. Straight Ahead



mainstream jazz will most likely continue to flourish as young players study the genius of past masters, emulating their style(s) as a point of departure for their own creative contributions within the boundaries of the straight ahead jazz sensibility 



technical mastery of acoustic instruments will continue to increase 

C. Technology



as computers and recording studios continue to become more technologically advanced, jazz will most likely witness increasing growth in this arena, including more synthesized sounds, sampling, looping, and yet-to-be-discovered (invented) electronic techniques 



jazz will be created by computer technicians as well as musicians 

D. Jazz Education



never before in American history has jazz been more honored and respected than it is now; this sentiment will continue to increase 



jazz will become a mainstay of American public education, not only taught in music classrooms but in Social Studies and American History classes as well 



jazz education in post secondary academia will continue to increase 



more and more college and university music departments will add bona fide jazz programs (jazz majors) to their curricula; more institutions will add a Doctorate in Jazz Studies to their degree offerings 



music conservatories (even the heretofore most staunch anti-jazz classical music institutions) will begin to include jazz in their course offerings 

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