What If Jazz Scenario... ?

What if you were a jazz musician working during the time that bebop became the focus of the most prominent jazz soloists and recording artists (late 1940s into the 1950s). Say that you did not want to follow the new trend. Swing big bands continued on, but they were increasingly being displaced by the rise of other popular music styles.

How do you think you might have carried on in jazz or in the commercial music business, even if you did not want to follow in the footsteps of the bebop innovators?

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  • John
    Lv 7
    2 months ago
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    Bebop was far from universally liked. I never liked it a lot and still don't. Count Basie's last performance was 1983, Duke Ellington's was 1974. I saw one of Miles Davis' last performances about 15 years ago, same with Mel Torme and George Shearing. Bebop was a thing, not all of jazz.

  • Mike
    Lv 7
    2 months ago

    There was Cool and West Coast and 3rd Stream.

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