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What is the best way to introduce a young person to jazz?

By Published: December 9, 2004
Youn people don't really know much about music but if you wanna listen to jazz you schoul have a little knowledge of music. I think it's very important to educate young people and then let them to discover jazz because I know it is really interesting to discover it.


Date: 08-Dec-1999 10:57:53
From: Marin ( Marin.Gross@mail.ee )


Young people don't really know much about music but if you wanna listen to jazz you schould have a little knowledge of music. I think it's very important to educate young people and then let them to discover jazz because I know it is really interesting to discover it. Marin Gross form Estonia (age 17)


Date: 29-Dec-1999 02:58:22
From: me
The best way to get into some new music is through crossover forms. Nine Inch Nails got a lot of people into industrial music, Beastie Boys into rap, etc. I got into jazz in much the same way. I was a big fan of Peter Gabriel, so I started listening to early Genesis, and then got into early King Crimson, and then got into Miles Davis and Herbie Hancock and John Coltrane and such.

Anybody who shows no interest in expanding their musical horizons is unlikely to be swayed. But, by listening to things further and further from one's main interests, you can attune your ear to what the music is trying to do and begin to understand it.

The problem with all the young people that many of you complain about is precisely the same as the problem with a lot of you old people: ignorance. I think it's great when someone my age gets into stuff like Herbie Hancock, but it's just as great when someone 30 years my senior gets into something like Underworld.


Date: 27-Jan-2000 19:57:11
From: Hanton7
I grew up in the era when adult house parties played the big bands ie, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Erskine Hawkins,Lionel Hampton,Jimmie Lunceford,Cab Calloway.Les Brown,Lucky Millender and others. The premiere saxaphonist was Coleman Hawkins,following "Bean" was Lester"prez" Young.then Ben Webster,Others were Chuberry,Charlie Ventura. Ventura.I mention these great artists because of the great influence they had on me,they prepared me for my deep "bop" encounter with Dexter Gordon and Wardell Gray battil.ling it out on "the chase." Man the stuff these two cats were blowing was unimaginable for my young mind. One must listen to what was being played to be able to dig what one is now hearing.Listen, discuss listen and discuss soe more.


Date: 05-Feb-2000 16:33:18
From: A new jazz student
I am now 15, I'll be 16 soon. I being a young person and really new to the jazz world would like to say most people are on the right track with exposure to jazz. The girl who said she learned about it through Cherry Poppin Daddies and Squirrel Nut Zippers seems kinda like me...

Anyway, I think the best way is let them discover it for themselves and let them WANT to learn, isn't that how jazz started?? Once they want to learn, just be helpful and supportive, and have a few good jazz licks for them to mearn on hand. Now if you all will excuse me, I have a jazz band audition in a few days and I just got the music yesterday. I am going to practice.


Date: 27-Jun-2000 00:31:02
From: Chris LaRoche ( cronoss@sclegacy.com )
I'm 17 and a huge jazz fan. I've—with the help of Mp3's and a lot of money—managed to build a large collection of well over 200 albums from Jazz greats in just a few short years. I've scoured the internet, librairies—everything—to find out as much as I can about this genre. I can help but feel that I've 'missed it all,' since in my reading I pretty much find that the people who made Jazz what it is today are all dead.

I became introduced to jazz through playing it. Like any kid, I loved pop music, and played the trumpet... so Classical simply didn't satify me :)

Playing Jazz was the closest thing to pop music as I could find, so I joined some combos and that when I was in grade 7. At this point I was playing tunes like Blue Monk, So What, Au Privave, Ornithology, Desafinado—all sorts of classic tunes—without any knowledge of Jazz whatsoever.. In essense, I knew what all the chord changes to All Blues was, but I had no idea who Miles Davis was.

Pretty much the only guy I'd ever heard of was Louis Armstrong.

Now, as I began to play more and more, I began to like the music BETTER than pop. That's when I decided to research the subject, to find out all I could.

Now Jazz is my favorite type of music to play, and to listen to. Many of my friends—well, most of em—are non Musicians. Thus they never were exposed to Jazz like I was, and do not understand the music, do not care for it, nor do they understand my complete fascination-bordering-on-obsession with the music.

The only ones who do are the fellow jazz players.


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