Good point! However I bet that there are people studying sax and wishing to have a go at being a professional. If that's the case, it is relevant as there is little/no demand for jazz players. Yet there are opportunities in playing other types of music. For instance I play with DJs. Also in a Django style band (good for dancing which jazz isn't). Also in a backing band for open mike nights at a club. Dance workshops, Rock, Reggae, Blues, etc. Everything I play is improvised but none of it an a "standards" jazz style. The music comes first and making that work. No place for ego soloists. I read music, but in all of these instances nobody comes up with a part written in Eb or Bb or a chart. I'm expected to hear the music and play a part in making it sound good.How many of the people commenting on the death of jazz have ever made a living playing music? Not just jazz, any kind of music? The thoughts of dilettantes and hobbyists have no real significance in any discussion of art. Some people devote their lives to things with no consideration for fame or fortune. More power to them.
I'm sure there are others like me who see the opportunities and take them. If you're a young budding sax player who has primarily studied Classical or Jazz playing how are you going to go at joining a pop band where you are expected to come up with your own parts?
This goes back to what people are learning, which is seldom a good primer for playing an of today's music. Think about this: The clarinet was a very well represented pop instrument up to the 1950s. However it tied itself to big band music and died with it. Look around this site and others that e similar. They are a pretty accurate representation of what sax players play and study. It's 90%+ standards type jazz.
It's ultimately up to each player to find their way. However we are what we play. 10 years or more of playing cut and paste jazz riffs and arpeggios isn't going to help. I'd like to see today's young players at least given a fair chance. Having a broader education in styles of music would certainly help instead of the failed orthodoxy that's all too common.