Brent Hayes Edwards, author of The Practice of Diaspora: Literature, Translation, and the Rise of Black Internationalism:
Jazz is significant because it represents some of the best potentials that are inherent in the American conception of democracy, making sure that everyone has the place to have their own say and creating out of a fabric of individual contributions a greater whole, a more beautiful whole…
(via yet another outstanding chapter in the Henry Gates, Jr - African Americans: Many Rivers to Cross video series)
p.s. Brent Edwards also wrote an essay on my dance piece IZU HOUSE — lucky me!