Jazz is a mercurial form of music. Separated from the mainstream by the stamp of “abstract obscurity”, it remains constantly changing and shifting.
Change is generated from the music’s roots in African-American life and culture. It lives and breathes in cities and communities, so it moves alongside all our social lives, loves and struggles.
Jazz follows the contours of struggle, both for freedom and from racism and oppression. It is linked to the struggle of classes.
So when changes start to happen within society generally, this emerges in the music.