When jazz captures the young

first_imgAs a student at Boston Arts Academy, Faraday Fontimus, 16, sometimes feels a disconnect between himself and other teens. A trumpet player, he prefers listening to jazz, a form of music many of his friends can’t understand.“The music of my generation is rap,” he said. “My friends can’t find a way to appreciate jazz. They’ll tell me it’s nice, but they don’t really appreciate it.”Fontimus and his classmates got some positive reinforcement today when they came to Harvard University for a special panel discussion with celebrated jazz musician Wynton Marsalis.“The music of my generation is rap. My friends can’t find a way to appreciate jazz. They’ll tell me it’s nice, but they don’t really appreciate it,” 16-year-old Faraday Fontimus told Wynton Marsalis.“To restore integrity to music, we need musicians with integrity,” Marsalis told them, noting how as a young man he turned down record companies that wanted him to compromise his music. “Your integrity starts with you.”Over the course of a 90-minute discussion, students from local high schools and Harvard College asked Marsalis a variety of questions, ranging from how music aided integration, the role of women in jazz, and if the Internet could be a platform for revitalizing music.“There’s more music available,” Marsalis responded to the latter. “But I haven’t found that the musicians in our country have gotten better as a result. Yes, the music is there, but what are people actually looking at?���The discussion was a follow-up to Marsalis’ lecture at Sanders Theatre on Thursday, which focused on the evolution of dance in American culture. It was the second in Marsalis’ two-year lecture series at the University. For the Boston Arts Academy students, Marsalis’ words were a reinforcement of all that they are working toward.“While I have a passion [for jazz], I’ve never been able to verbalize why,” explained Elideusa Gomes-Almeida, a 17-year-old jazz vocalist. “Listening to him made me realize why I do what I do.”last_img read more

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