The Decline Of Jazz Music

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Over the past several decades, there has been a great decline in the popularity of jazz music. The “Decline of Jazz” has fueled a debate as to whether or not the genre is “dead.” Many music scholars and fans argue that jazz’s popularity is declining because the people who appreciate the music are aging and newer generations do not share their love of the music. For as long as I can remember, my parents have played jazz music in our home, while cooking meals together, or entertaining guests, or reading on a Sunday morning. My familiarity with the music from a young age is what caused me to start singing songs from artists like Ella Fitzgerald and Nina Simone. Jazz served as the foundation for my love and appreciation of music, both old and new, which is why I believe there is a place for jazz in the future. Over the past century, jazz music has evolved immensely—so much so that some people mistake the genre’s evolution for complete disappearance. But jazz is not dead. Instead, it has been woven together with other genres, such as rock and pop, and embraced new sounds and techniques that make it difficult for people to recognize as jazz.
The musicians who have expressed a deep love and passion for the music are the ones who have kept jazz alive. When jazz was first being played, the fame or the money that accompanied the music’s rising popularity did not motivate musicians. They played purely out of love for the music and the message it communicated to audiences. “In the jazz

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