What is This Thing Called Jazz? And why is it important?

Below is an article I wrote for the 2016 Chelsmford and Writtle Jazz Festival Programme:

Jazz, like all art, is extremely difficult to define. Its origins and history are clear, from a humble birth as the music of the African-America working class, forged in a crucible of cultures, to its establishment as one of America’s most significant artistic contributions to the world. Continue reading “What is This Thing Called Jazz? And why is it important?”