The following is a list of the most engaging and challenging releases from the world of jazz (and closely orbiting spheres) that I came across in 2010. Sadly, there's never time or opportunity to hear everything.
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.