Sadly, Jazz hasn’t really been a popular art form since the 1940s, when folks danced to swing. Once bebop took hold, jazz took on an intellectual bent, and pretty much stopped being a populist medium.
On the other hand, gaming is hugely popular. According to Wikia.com, the gaming industry has already surpassed the music industry in gross revenue, let alone the paltry market share jazz has.
But there is a silver lining.
Apparently, there are such a thing as jazz games, so some of the folks out there playing games might be exposed to the music we love, get intrigued and hopefully end supporting jazz artists by buying cds or attending concerts.
Here is a small sampling of some of the jazz oriented games available, along with brief descriptions:
Your keyboard is your instrument - can you feel the beat? Test yourself against driving rhythms and complex melodies, and discover awesome new music!
A music game with three stages. Stage 1; Avoid. Stage 2; Collect. Stage 3: Match. This is a quick music game with jazz music and jazz art.
Tonight you will be attending a live Jazz event as a stage dancer, its your job to come up with the outfit for all the dancers. Use this girl as your model and start creating your perfect outfit for the perfect stage dance. Choose from many different items of clothing, take your time and you will come up with a great outfit.
Suzy the Jazz Singer knows everything there is to know about jazz instruments. From the piano to the clarinet, she’s been playing the blues before she could stand. Now she’s standing on stage with a crowd just waiting to hear the rhythms she comes up with next!
You get the idea.