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LJS 06: Why Jazz Is Important to Society

Welcome to episode 6 of the LJS Podcast where today we are talking about Why Jazz Is Important to Society. If you never listen to another one of our podcast episodes again, at least listen to this one! Brent discusses the importance of music and jazz in society and why it needs to be valued. Listen in!

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In this episode

  • Why music is important to society

  • Important for general living

    • music in entertainment

    • draws people together

    • defines cultures and traditions

  • Education

    • helps develop language and reasoning

    • improves memorization

    • pattern recognition

    • increased coordination

  • Importance of jazz in society

    • teaches us to have courage

    • teaches us to improvise

    • teaches us to innovate

    • teaches that everyone’s voice is equal

    • teaches us to listen

Listen to episode 5: How to Play Well With Others, Gig Etiquette and More

Show music

“Cat Time Blues” Camden Hughes

Recommended Reading

Why Jazz Matters

A Reality Check for Jazz Musicians

What do you think? Leave your comments below.


Brent Vaartstra
Brent Vaartstra is a professional jazz guitarist and educator living in New York City. He is the head blogger and podcast host for which he owns and operates. He actively performs around the New York metropolitan area and is the author of the Hal Leonard publication "Visual Improvisation for Jazz Guitar." He's also the host of the music entrepreneurship podcast "Passive Income Musician."


  1. Hello brent

    I have only recently been a member of the “inner Circle” and found out about the podcasts there – and since then I have not been able to stop! When driving, showering, doing housework, wherever I am. The choice of topics is so varied! In particular, this podcast touched me deeply, especially the speech by Martin L. King Jr. Who would have thought that there would be times when this text is “brand new”. For me, jazz was and is always the product of two cultures that inspire each other. One of the many, many aspects of why jazz is so important to society. Keep going with the podcasts and especially with the website – right now at this difficult time! I wish you a lot of strength for it

  2. Good morning Mr Brent you mentioned a particular tune called Freddie freeloader by miles Davis.I want to as a guitarist how can I get the chord progression by ear.thanks


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