Copland's melodies can sometimes be a step away from the obvious, but they're clear signposts in his own mind, with his soft vocalizations the link between what he hears in his head and what comes from his fingers.
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.