America has a long history of cultural rebellion and revolution, of
questioning even the recently established status quo and of constantly
struggling to reshape identity. We habitually take old styles and
values, shake them out, reinvent them and — from government and music to
sports or religion — give birth to something fresh. Jazz is one of the
bred-in-the-bone creations of American culture. The spirit of the genre
is that of constant refashioning, and the unbound freedom of the music
itself reflects our proud individuality.