What is amazing is how easily traditional musicians all over the world take to [jazz]. Take to improvising together. Its really ducks to water. Its always a thrill that once people understand they can be free to play what they want to play, they take off with it.
I love jazz because next to my kids, it's the love of my life.
I was first exposed to jazz by Joe Rico from a tiny station in Niagara Falls in 1954 when I was 13.
The best show I ever attended was Maynard Ferguson who blew the roof off Massey Hall in the late 50s.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to everything you can and then listen again.