So…what is Jazz? Of course John Coltrane is “jazz,” but what about Kendrick Lamar? Can they both be jazz? This video explainer describes that jazz is not just a genre, but it’s a meta-genre which encompasses a universe of sound.

Writer: Matt Fleeger
Animator: MacGregor Campbell
Narrator: Ivalle Noel
Producer: Ann McGarry

About Jazz Town

Jazz Town explores the neighborhood, politics and music behind Portland’s brief, brilliant jazz age in the 1940s and 50s. This short-lived period is largely unknown to many Oregonians. Learn about the neighborhood from residents who lived there, watch Oregon Experience’s documentary and see how Portland jazz has evolved over the past 70 years.