Just One Bishop at High Church of Jazz Purity

I’m with Wynton. As he says: “If you don’t have a cultural base, you don’t know who you are.” If you listen to Wynton talking over the past decade or so, there is no way he could be deemed a jazz “fundamentalist” – it would be an anathema to his understanding of jazz as a dynamic art form. I think it’s a case of sour grapes that the philosophical and articulate WM secured and developed the best gig around and garners so much press even if he is not my favourite musician:

Mr. Marsalis said that in making programming decisions he would continue to stand by his principles: his core belief that jazz, to be jazz, must be based on swing rhythms with elements of the blues, firmly rooted in black musical traditions.