Neo-Classic Jazz

The idea of recreating “classic jazz” began with the American Jazz Orchestra in the 1980s which was created by critic Gary Giddins and musician John Lewis. It was conceived to create a repertory ensemble that recreated some of the most important compositions, arrangements and performances in jazz history. The trend is kept alive today by some of the musicians or bands listed below and with some success, as it takes jazz out of the smoke-filled clubs where it was born and presents it in a more formal concert setting.