Who are they?
They resist change and speak out against it. They’re often portrayed as being unreasonable, unrelenting and hypocritical.
I prefer to think of them as guardians.
The jazz police defend a language that’s morphing into something unrecognizable and impractical.
It must be frustrating for them: They see their influence manifest; they know that we speak because they spoke! Yet as a consequence of time passing, we understand each other less and less.
They’re saying: “Wait! Can’t you see how beautiful this is? Can’t you see that everything you do is because of this and because of us?” And we ask: “Who cares?” and “Who do you think you are!?”
Their tact isn’t always this admirable, but if you peel back the layers, the message is an important one. It’s a message you’ll be considering for the rest of your life, as if they’re the future’s conscience. Let’s consider it respectfully.
Not convinced? Just wait; we’re all bound to be guarding the past sooner or later. There’s a little bit of jazz police in all of us!