Quoted from Frippertron:
As a Canadian, I don't know if you appreciate jazz for what it was. Turning classical inside out and upside down. Black musicians did that. Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, John Coltrane were the Beethoven, Bach, and Mozart of the 20th century. Most "black" music after that, with the exception of funk had very little talent involved other than a good voice or a big ass.
I like jazz, love funk, and I agree its a direct decendant of classical, white and black musicians are responsible for that transformation. However you never hear classical artists claiming Jazz was stolen or any of that crap. Now to put The Bird Miles, Coltrane in any kind of comparison with Bach, Beethoven and Mozart is just simply ridiculous to me personally. I really appreciate all 3 of them but not even close. Lastly being Canadian? come on man. What the hell do you think we were listening to at that time? Ahhh sweet American ignorance.