Definition of modern jazz in English:
Jazz as developed in the 1940s and 1950s, especially bebop and the related music that followed it.
- The author does take the position, and I believe rightly so, that classic bebop represents the beginning of modern jazz - a combo jazz, rather than swing or big band jazz.
- Saxophonist Charlie Parker, who helped invent the modern jazz style of be-bop, was also one of jazz's first existential heroes - a famously self-destructive genius who died at age 34.
- Playing concerts into his seventies, Goodman experimented with modern jazz and classical music; his later career, however, mostly celebrated his past.
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