Jazz is an art form that can give us a way of understanding ourselves. The real power of jazz and the innovation of jazz is that a group of people can come together and create art, improvised art, and can negotiate their agendas with each other. And that negotiation is the art. We can have a dialogue. We can have a conversation. We can speak to each other in the language of music.

Wynton Marsalis
from Ken Burns, History of jazz

How do we imagine the future for jazz in Vancouver? How could we imagine the future for jazz? What could we do to increase our appreciation for the contribution of live jazz to our community, to our creative expression, and to our creative evolution? What could we do to excite interest in exploring live jazz in Vancouver?

How does jazz contribute and how has jazz contributed to our creative evolution? What could we learn about creative expression, creative contribution, and creative enterprise from the art of jazz? What could we imagine jazz could contribute to creating our future in Vancouver?

Where have we come from? Where are we going? Where could we go?

“Music, for me, has always been a place where anything is possible, – a refuge, a magical world where anyone can go, where all kinds of people can come together, and anything can happen. We are limited only by our imaginations”

Bill Frisell