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Jazz and Black Education & Black Education and Jazz
By Fred Logan
November 27, 2017
Black music (Blues, Jazz, Gospel, R&B, etc.) is the conscious product of an on-going vibrant tradition of Black people teaching and learning in the black community. It is a dynamic tradition like that metaphoric river that rises and recedes, over and over, and is never stagnant, but “always in motion.”
The African American community must acknowledge this tradition, examine it and do all it can to continue and enhance it.
Look at the world-acclaimed music called Jazz. It was created and nurtured in black neighborhoods during the long era of de facto and de jure American racial segregation. Over the decades, “The Music” was passed on to younger aspiring musicians through private lessons, community institutions, advice and encouragement from older musicians in the black community and through countless other ways.
The development of Rag Time, Swing, Be Bop, and Free Jazz was itself a continuum and a conscious product of black education through teaching, learning and change.
The impeccable standards of artistic excellence that define Jazz music, for real, were demanded and set by the black community that is by jazz musicians and their in-the-know jazz followers.
These points can be extended to infinity with infinite specific examples to collaborate each contention. This says as much about Jazz music as it does about “Black-on-Black Education.”