We Got the Jazz: Next Generation Jazz, Hip Hop and the Digital Scene

TitleWe Got the Jazz: Next Generation Jazz, Hip Hop and the Digital Scene
Publication TypeArticle
Year of Publication2015
AuthorWood, Aja Burrell
Newspaper/MagazineEthnomusicology Review
Date Published04/2015
PublisherGSA Publications at UCLA
CityLos Angeles
Publication LanguageEnglish
KeywordsA Tribe Called Quest, African American Music, Hiphop, jazz, Sampling, technology

"Through my recent work with jazz musicians and audiences in New York, I began to consider continuity and change as they relate to the “scene” by considering both physical and digital space. As I found myself supporting a vast range of incredible work in a living genre that many may speak of in terms of the archaic, I found that tradition and modernity operated in tandem in fresh and innovative ways. This piece shares my initial thoughts that explore the impact of shifts in aesthetics, tradition, transmission, sound, industry and new forms of technology on audience and approach in the digital era. After discussing some early examples of the connection between jazz and hip hop, I look at a few recent projects that build on this legacy: the Revive Music Group, pianist Kris Bowers' cover of Kendrick Lamar’s “Rigamortis,” and Lamar’s own album To Pimp a Butterfly."