1. Michael Treni Big Band, Boy's Night Out (Bell Production Co.) 2. Tall & Small (Pete Christlieb / Linda Small), High on You (Bosco Records) 3. Kris Berg / Metroplexity Big Band, This Time / Last Year (MAMA Records) 4. Budman / Levy Orchestra, From There to Here (OA2 Records) 5. Frank D'Rone, Double Exposure (Whaling City Sound) 6. Steve Taylor Big Band Explosion, Live in London (i2i Music) 7. Joe Chambers Moving Pictures Orchestra, Live at Dizzy's 8. Bob Wilber and the Tuxedo Jazz Orchestra, Rampage! (Arbors Jazz) 9. Howard University Jazz Ensemble, Ode to Life (HUJE Jazz) 10. DiMartino / Osland Jazz Orchestra, Quotient (Sea Breeze Jazz) 11. Millennium Jazz Orchestra, Pretty Pumps (MJO) 12. University of Kentucky, Go! The Music of Bob Mintzer (Mark Records) 13. Beats & Pieces, Big Ideas (Efpi Records) 14. Empire Jazz Orchestra, Accentuate the Positive (EJO) 15. Eastern Illinois University, Three O'Clock Downbeat (Self Published)
I love jazz because it's sophisticated, international, atmospheric yet free, cool and warm.
I was first exposed to jazz through the sultry voice and flawless swing of my mother.
I met Mark Murphy, David Linx, Kurt Elling, and Youn Sun Nah.
The best show I ever attended was Youn Sun Nah in Paris.
The first jazz record I bought was Native Dancer by Wayne Shorter and Milton Nascimento
My advice to new listeners: open your mind and your ears, forget about structure, feel the textures.
Go see live music and keep buying CDs!