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Where Is Jazz Most at Home?


Jazz is consistently in flux — preoccupied with its history while also restlessly searching for latest turf. Lately in Latest York, that has meant literally seeping into latest forms of spaces — apartments, nightclubs and so forth — removed from the jazz club mainstream.

Though this phenomenon is of the moment, it’s in fact a part of an extended history of tension within the genre about where the music is most at home, and most definitely to grow. Some artists veer traditional, favoring hallowed venues. Others actively reject those rooms. And still others seek to inject outsider frisson into traditional spaces.

On this week’s Popcast, a conversation concerning the places where jazz has historically found homes, and those it’s spilling into; the musicians actively difficult old hierarchies; and the profession of Meghan Stabile, the forward-thinking jazz promoter who died this month at 39.


  • Giovanni Russonello, who covers jazz for The Latest York Times

  • Nate Chinen, editorial director at WBGO and the writer of “Playing Changes: Jazz for the Latest Century”

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