Could jazz music be considered the predecessor to modern hip-hop and funk form? Well, potentially, and this year even Snoop Dogg gave props to Herbie Hancock as that very forefather to the rap movement.
Jazz artist's continue to lay paths into musical territory unknown, innovating the musical landscape and what it means to be "good."
And jazz hasn't faltered as of yet, and even players like Herb Alpert continue prolificacy and churn out jazz standards worthy of Grammy recognition.
But today, jazz doesn't sit at the forefront of popular music necessarily as much as it's featured in the background of some classic chart-toppers.