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Intellectualism and jazz have nearly always coexisted happily with each other. For some historical perspective, Dizzy Gillespie used to teach classes from his apartment in Harlem about functional harmony, chord tones and extensions, etc. This was probably starting in the late 1940s. Bud Powell, Thelonious Monk, Bird, Mingus – all very smart and well-read people, natural descendants of the Harlem renaissance. When Ray Brown did a talk at my college, not long before he left us, he said he loved the fact that students could study jazz – the music he was integral in advancing – and that he wished he'd been able to do that too!
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