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Jazz, the music, is a tangible manifestation of African and diasporan conceptualizations of and engagement with the ultimate life force. Jazz, the word, is an illustration of Black sound used as a word to convey the feelings associated with this engagement. Jazz is a manifestation of a culturally derived understanding of and desire to experience the relationship between the inner and outer workings of creation. The creation and performance of jazz music offer an illustration of how the cosmos is organized, as well as how it can be described, understood, and navigated. At its best, jazz music accesses the inner blueprint of the relationship between the Creator and the created, the group and the individual, and the whole and its parts.

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