Current Jazz Scene

Now a days, Current Jazz is now considered officially a unique form of American music, and it has been designated a national American Treasure. The worldwide shift of the jazz scene, has brought the growing influence from music from all over the world. Although there might be a division from traditional jazz styles and experimental driven artists.

The dubbed "Straight-ahead Jazz" continues to appeal to a lot of listeners that have a profound enjoyment of traditional jazz compositions and styles. Well-established jazz musicians, such as Dave Brubeck, Wynton Marsalis, Sonny Rollins and Wayne Shorter continue to perform and record. In the 1990s and 2000s, a number of young musicians emerged, including US pianists Brad Mehldau, Jason Moran and Vijay Iyer, guitarist Kurt Rosenwinkel, vibraphonist Stefon Harris, trumpeters Roy Hargrove and Terence Blanchard, saxophonist Chris Potter and Joshua Redman and bassist Christian McBride.

On the Current Jazz experimental side there are several jazz musicians that and groups that have explored new artistic possibilities. Trumpeters like Rob Mazurek and Cuong Vu, Saxophonist Ken Vandermark, guitarist Nels Cline, bassist Todd Sickafoose, keyboardist Craig Taborn, drummer/percussionist John Hollenbeck, guitarist John Scofield and the groups Medeski Martin & Wood and The Bad Plus. Also, a number of new vocalists have achieved popularity with a mix of traditional jazz and pop/rock forms, such as Diana Krall, Norah Jones, Cassandra Wilson, Kurt Elling, Jamie Cullum and, arguably, the late Amy Winehouse, who started her career as a jazz singer.

The current jazz scene embodies how the art form has developed through out the years constantly reinventing itself.