Take me more in-depth and make me feel the heart and soul of jazz. Can you explain that?

The heart and soul of jazz are the people, the pain and the joy of the African American experience. Jazz is a cornerstone and so much a part of the African American tradition that jazz itself is an interweaving of the suffering as well as the successes of African Americans. So, understanding jazz is helping to understand our roots, essence or heartbeat. On the other hand, not understanding or appreciating Jazz is like a form of self-oppression or denying essential aspects of yourself as part of the black African diasporic community in the US.

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