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Meet Ari (ImpressARIo) Silverstein

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How do you discover new artists?
I am in the clubs constantly, so I get to hear new people that way. I have to admit I am very loyal to a core group musicians and try to get to as many of their gigs as possible, and often I will hear a new instrumentalist on the gig or we will go out and hang after. I also like to go to the singers jam at Rue-B, and there is always someone there I haven't heard before.

Vinyl, CDs, or MP3s?
I have all three. I love vinyl the most, but taking it with you when travel is prohibitive.

If you were a professional musician, which instrument would you play and why?
Hammond B3 organ. I feel that it is most human of all the instruments. It really emotes as a human does. It sings, dig it!

What do you love about living in the New York area?
All the live music all year, and the free shows in the parks in the summer. Just the feel of New York—some nights it puts on a show for you just walking down the street. The characters, the crazies, the scents, the smells, the subway.

What do you think keeps jazz alive and thriving?
The music is so hip and timeless. There's nothing like it. Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Irving Berlin will never go away.

Finish this sentence: Life without music would be...
Not worth living.

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