Ever since Donald Trump was elected president, the politics that divide Americans have grown increasingly harder to bear and more difficult to ignore. The issues now dominating the news — racism, sexual harassment, gun violence, inequality, nationalism and immigration — now bubble over with urgency.
Not since the 1960s and ’70s has the jazz community been as focused on issues of politics and social justice. This begs the question: How do today’s jazz musicians address these topics?
In pursuit of an answer, JAZZIZ convened a panel discussion with eight musicians who have, through their work and their words, projected a need to speak out: trumpeter Wadada Leo Smith, pianist Vijay Iyer, vocalist Quiana Lynell, trumpeter Terence Blanchard, drummer Terri Lyne Carrington, bassist Alexis Cuadrado, saxophonist Roy Nathanson and vocalist Sara Serpa. Providing some much needed clarity and insight, their conversation has been condensed, edited and offered here as a FREE Special Issue, available for download now. We hope you find it as enlightening as we did.