And all that Jazz

By Mark McCoy

What is it about Jazz that seems to transcend generations? I was at the Midland Hotel in Wilson, listening to the tunes of the Greg Harris, Matt Fuller and Grant Larson Trio on St. Patrick’s Day and in my bones I knew that my ancestors had been in this very town — if not in this very same spot — listening to the melodies of America’s own performing art form. Jazz was the rock n’ roll, hip-hip or pop of my grandparent’s generation. Born in the brothels and taverns of New Orleans at the turn of the 20th century, it is the major performing art form born in America.

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