Jazz trumpeter Christian Scott wants to see change in the industry ‘right now’

2011-03-26 07:40

Trumpeter Christian Scott is not a happy man.

The 27-year-old musician is here as one of the headlining musicians at the 12th annual Cape Town International Jazz festival this weekend.

Scott wants change in both jazz and society.

“It’s the old privileged people who come to jazz festivals ... those who listen to that old-fatty-daddy jazz who are holding on and are not interested in change.”

“Why should they want to change? They are comfortable.”

The trumpeter, who has been heralded as part of a generation of jazz musicians who are finding a post-Wynton Marsalis sound, says he “wants to see change right now! The music must change or it’s going to die,” he said.

Among his contemporaries, Scott counts the likes of pianists Jason Moran and Robert Glasper, who have both been to the festival in the previous years.

These musicians are finding new ways of creating jazz that looks for a greater independence from the classics.

Like the older musicians, they too are grounded in the blues, but they are also aware of hip-hop and other contemporary popular sounds.

Scott will perform with his quintet on the Moses Molelekwa stage tonight.

He says he has prepared three new compositions that the band will be performing for the first time. 

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