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Jazz is constantly on the move – preoccupied with its history while also restlessly seeking new territory. In recent years, in New York, that meant literally seeping into new kinds of spaces — apartments, nightclubs, and so on — far from the jazz club mainstream.
In fact, while this phenomenon is current, it’s part of a long history of tension in the genre about where the music is most at home and where it’s likely to grow. Some performers turn to traditional and prefer sacred sites. Others actively reject those rooms. And still others try to inject outsider frisson into traditional spaces.
In this week’s Popcast, a conversation about the places where jazz has historically found its home, and where it is now ending up; the musicians actively challenge old hierarchies; and the career of Meghan Stabile, the forward-thinking jazz promoter who died this month at age 39.
Giovanni Russonello, who covers jazz for DailyExpertNews
Nate Chinen, Editor-in-Chief at WBGO and author of “Playing Changes: Jazz for the New Century”
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