I read and listened to a number of bios and interviews of great jazz musicians and at some point the always discuss there dissatisfaction with the label of jazz being attributed to there music. They regarded there music as simply that...music. I think they felt that applying labels to things formed more barriers or hindered even more what they were trying to accomplish through music. On youtube there is a video where Miles Davis is being interviewed by Bryant Gumbel and he talks about how he doesn't like the word jazz for his music and even discusses that he believes there is no more jazz anymore it's just social music at this point. I somewhat agree seeing how all the innovations in jazz (swing, bebop, post bob, hard bop, fusion, latin jazz, pop jazz, funk jazz) have already been done at this point we're really just reacting to the past. Which brings me to the question if there ever really was jazz to begin with. It seems like after the swing era and bebop jazz if you call it just evolved outwards becoming more diverse and combining with different musical styles across the world. It was never a consistent musical style so it really isn't one....but enough of my rambling, I just wanted to see what your thoughts were on this subject.