If there is a sin that we’ve committed, it’s a sin against the market. By choosing to spend our lives playing music that isn’t easily branded or marketed, we confuse the mainstream. Jazz, at its best, is artistic entertainment — not as heady as 21st century classical music, but more esoteric and sophisticated than your average pop tune. Pop is a commodity; jazz is artisanal. People around the world understand and appreciate its place on the spectrum of musical art and entertainment, but Americans have trouble with us.
Fine, jazz is easy to mock. That doesn’t mean it doesn’t matter. - The Washington Post
Source: Washington Post