It's been covered in other posts, but I'm just sayin' again - with an unexpected level of grammatical and spelling...ical clarity - because bourbon that a LOT depends on where you are. Some cities are simply going to have a stronger scene than others.True. And of course the kids these days have adjusted to a new reality. The live music scene many of us grew up in no longer exists as it once did. It has been seriously diminished. But it's not entirely gone; live music is still out there (as Dave says), you just have to search it out.
St. Louis still has very strong high school and college-level jazz programs, and several quite prominent community bands (Route 66, Genesis, even bands out in St. Charles which I still consider St. Louis so ) as well as community outreach/education through Jazz St. Louis, as well as top-flight talent at the Bistro (every show I've been to has booked solid within a month prior to its date). The blues sub-genre is especially strong with quite a few venues like BBs, the Broadway Oyster Bar, and the Route 66 Roadhouse (where I was playing until I switched to the Kranzberg jam session on the same night). Although I guess you don't get as much variety there since most of those are focusing on blues/rock and mild country influences. But still, blues is a part of jazz so it's still a good sign in these here parts.
This rambling attempt at optimism is brought to you courtesy of Maker's Mark (tm). Lol