Jul 6, 2011
When I write about jazz on this blog, Ifind that I'm often talking about musicians who have left this mortal coil. For a don't miss view of why today may be the time of the greatest number of living jazz legends, check out the article Ralph A, Miriello wrote for the Huffington Post: "Celebrating the Living Legends of Jazz."
As he says in the eloquent article:
Many of the jazz legends continue to actively perform, teach and sustain the art through their tireless pursuit of making music and carrying on the tradition. Jazz is a living organism that is constantly evolving. It is arguably the only true indigenous American art form and as such it needs to be nurtured and supported by our active participation, especially in these austere economic times when public funding for the arts is being perilously withdrawn.The best way we can honor them is to continue to support the music by experiencing their "live" performances. Some currently touring or performing artists include Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Dave Brubeck, Sonny Rollins, Randy Weston, Ramsey Lewis, Gerald Wilson, Phil Woods, McCoy Tyner, Gary Bartz, Lew Tabakin, Bunk Green, Charles Lloyd, Gato Barbieri, Lee Konitz, Gary Peacock , Archie Shepp and Richard Davis to name just a few.
And Jimmy Heath, who is pictured above.