The New York Times is serving up a video love letter to New York City’s old jazz scene that encompassed the neighborhoods around Lincoln...

The New York Times is serving up a video love letter to New York City’s old jazz scene that encompassed the neighborhoods around Lincoln Center. The video, which features recollections from artists, historians and residents of the area, chronicles the heyday of jazz in the City, offering a primer on what it was like for many of its residents, especially African-Americans.

With the surprise win for Album of the Year at this week’s Grammy Awards by jazz veteran Herbie Hancock, could the music world be in for a jazz renaissance? Hancock’s all-star collaboration on “River: The Joni Letters,” which features the likes of Norah Jones, Leonard Cohen, Tina Turner and, of course, Joni Mitchell, could spark a mini-revival of the musical art form that is closely identified with the American Spirit.

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(The image of Ornette Coleman that accompanies this story is from Amazon.com)

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