In jazz parlance, “playing changes” refers to an improviser’s resourceful path through a chord progression. In Playing Changes: Jazz For the New Century(Pantheon), critic Nate Chinen builds on that idea, taking us through the key artists, concepts and developments that have shaped the music in our time. This special conversation between Chinen and David Kunian, music curator at the New Orleans Jazz Museum, will illuminate those ideas via a tale of two trumpeters: Wynton Marsalis, who looms large in the book's early chapters, and Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah, who makes a substantial impression later on. Choice musical selections will serve to highlight the topic at hand.
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