Popular jazz is stuck in a bop/post bop era, almost all "new" jazz (anything after 1970?) is "avant garde". Those who write 'new classics' have a hard time getting recognition and heard because of how much is out there already. Good friend of mine, a brilliant jazz pianist and composer, moved to NYC last year in hopes of landing a deal. No one is signing new jazz artists now, and the ones who are signed are not making much money.
Chuck Shear, publisher of the legal Real Book, is performing a great service to everyone in the jazz community, enabling hundreds of composers (some new) to get their songs out and get $$ for being published. The Real Book is like the basic vocabulary of jazz songs. You are at a gig and the leader calls out "Corcovado" and everyone can flip to the page and play it.
Cransongs, if you want to hear new jazz, keep your radio tuned to the left side of the dial - college and community radio. Wynton is a good player and very learned in the history of jazz, but I think has a narrow vision of jazz. We ripped him a new a**hole on a previous thread talking about the Ken Burns special.
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