Influencers on jazz come in many shapes and forms. Against all odds in 2020 voices from jazz history still say, and need to, let freedom ring speaking to the present and all our futures. Mary Parks, pictured with Albert Ayler: ever higher, past, present, AfroFuturism then… Moor Mother, a 'Circuit breaker'… Al or nothing at all, now. #BlackLivesMatter
1/ The playlist
Jazz Currents on Apple. Less of a laundry list than some.
2/ The stream
Smalls Live pioneered the way and continue to keep it real in the club.
3/ The awards
NEA Jazz Masters in America are the ultimate.
4/ The promoter
Paul Zauner. Small venues and festivals, label stuff too, from inside the band against all Covid odds.
5/ The writer
Ammar Kalia. A Derek Walcott quotation springs to mind: ''The truest writers are those who see language not as a linguistic process but as a living element.''
Jumoké Fashola. Modulation, par excellence.
Hans Koller, who has made, in the brief space of a few years, Trinity Laban to be the place once again where jazz in London goes to college.
8/ The daftness
Reddit Jazz. Clips and quips, bizarre notions, brainstorms. You came for the Borat Subsequent Moviefilm ad you stayed to learn 'The Moment'.
9/ The audience
You. Hoping that the healing has begun, your being there online counts more than ever.
10/ The saxophone player.
Immanuel Wilkins. Happy days.