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Horizons: Jazz in 1984
in recent years has emerged as a major jazz figure, was the most specific in his answers, offered in a letter to the author:
"Jazz 1984: The first jazz-symphony orchestra (community or society sponsored) will be forming in New York.
"The literature of jazz will be taking form. Longer composi­tions will be printed and played in their entirety by many top groups.
"Soloistic improvisation will continue but a more unified group improvisation will be in vogue.
"Dixieland, swing and bop will still have their players and audiences. Cool music will settle into a category (which it is establishing now). There will be a strong atonal school (both writing and improvising).
"Some of jazz is beginning to find itself. I mean: it makes con­tact with the old blues-thereby maintaining the jazz feeling, but is free of cliches and schools—thereby achieving a sort of time­less quality that will be lasting. Add to this, a more extensive use of forms and devices which have been used by the symphony for centuries, and you have influences or ingredients which will mold this jazz feeling into an integrated music. This will be taking place for the next 25 years, and in 1984, jazz (it might have another name by then), partly because of this integration, will have a much higher position. There will always be bigotry against everything, but there will be much less of it against jazz than there is now.
"Jazz societies will be everywhere, and they will make the small concert a practical solution for ideal jazz live performance.
"Microfilm tape and movies combined to play on your TV set will have replaced records to a large extent. The LP will bow to tape.
"There will be many jazz shows on TV.
"Degrees in jazz will be given in most colleges.
"There will be a literature of large works (with jazz feeling) for symphony orchestra. These will be played and accepted in the same fashion as non-jazz works.
"The 1984 future is good. The struggle will be between now and then."
The only non-musician included in the symposium was Willis