No, it's far from dead. It's alive and will be for quite a while yet. But I was viewing the Andy Schumm sessions on various locations. Andy's groups and other similar bands keep our music going. On the Internet, we can see for ourselves how popular vintage jazz still is. There's always a full house on an Schumm gig. He keeps the interest going. Andy's audiences at these sessions are fully appreciative of the dedicated musicianship and their determination to keep alive our kind of jazz. But at the same time it's impossible not to notice the make up of those audiences. Particularly the age group of that audience. Lots of grey haired people. I'm one myself. I think we can safely say eighty per cent are over the age of fifty. And that's a generous estimate. Now look around for any under twenty fives. If there are any it's an extremely rare sight.
As each generation is succeeded by the next, over time fewer young people will have any interest in classic or vintage jazz. The music just doesn't sound of their time. It's stuff grandad listens to.
But not to worry. It won't happen for some time yet. Not in our lifetime or, if you're one of those oldies, our children's either.