Re: Wynton Marsalis
Yet new forms of jazz are always going to happen because someone will always combine jazz with any new black music that comes out, in today's case, hip hop (ref: Matt). There's also nu jazz, where the difference between jazz and jazzlike music is less clear cut, certainly for consumers who like the sound of jazz but prefer more structure and less soloing.
What about what had been said earlier in the thread about Wynton (or his allies?) influencing jazz funding? If conservatives are controlling the funds and giving scraps to progressives, that would sound typical enough in pretty well all areas of society.
I wonder how much of this is political? According to my home-schooled ear there's no clear dividing line between free jazz and avant garde, and the avant garde crowd tend to be enthusiastic lefties. That's never going to attract much love from the conservative establishment.