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Jaz­zol­ogy with Soweto Kinch 8pm, BBC Four

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Bri­tish sax­o­phon­ist Soweto Kinch reck­ons jazz is too of­ten seen as a ster­ile mu­seum piece, and ar­gues that it re­mains a po­tent, pow­er­ful, po­lit­i­cal form, but can only re­ally be un­der­stood through know­ing the his­tory from which it emerged, a back­drop of racism and in­equal­ity. For this film, he traces the evo­lu­tion of the mu­sic, trav­el­ling first to its birth­place, New Or­leans, where he meets mu­si­cians who keep its ear­li­est tra­di­tions alive, and talks with com­poser Ter­ence Blan­chard about how jazz emerged from the strug­gle of African Amer­i­cans to form a new lan­guage in a coun­try that al­lowed them few out­lets for self-ex­pres­sion.

In New York City, he con­sid­ers both the his­tor­i­cal Har­lem scene and con­tem­po­rary jazz, meet­ing cur­rent mu­si­cians in­clud­ing Donny McCaslin.

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