Here is a good sign for the culture: a small but growing trend among young people is an interest in Big Band music--which is an esthetic universe away from the unmusical shouting of "rap" thugs. Could this be the beginning of a cultural trend away from the nihilistic "grunge" and violent "hip-hop" trends of the past few decades? (TIADaily.com, Big Band Is Back?, 03/10/05.)
Read Mireya Navarro's article, The Definition of 'Phat': Big Band With Young Fans. I have added their album, Property Of Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band XXL to my wish list.