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Meet Doug Collette

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I currently live in: South Burlington, VT

I joined All About Jazz in: 2003

What made you decide to contribute to All About Jazz?

I wanted to hone my writing skills and offer my insight about music to the public via the web.

How do you contribute to All About Jazz?

I review CD's, DVD's, books and concerts in addition to conducting artist interviews

What is your musical background?

I believe I've loved music since a small child as I recall loving the themes from TV series. I remember doting on AM radio and when I discovered The Beatles, my passion for music elevated dramatically. Similarly, when I learned to love live performance—Woodstock 1969 was my first concert—my devotion to this greatest of all art forms deepened further. A rediscovery of concerts in the late 1990's coincided with greater development of my taste for improvisational music and I am fine-tuning my ears like antennae as I write this.

What was the first record you bought that you would still listen to today?

Meet The Beatles

What type of jazz do you enjoy listening to the most?

Traditional acoustic jazz, most probably the piano/bass/drums trio, but no-holds barred fusion with a funky undercoating, such as Medeski, Martin & Wood, run parallel if not sometimes ahead.

Aside from jazz, what styles of music do you enjoy?

Eclectic rock and roll, such as that of Los Lobos and Gov't Mule, as well as contemporary blues like North Mississippi Allstars, while Allman Brothers Band, Grateful Dead and Jeff Beck are among my all-time Top Ten.

What are you listening to right now?

Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix and Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers.

Which five recent releases would you recommend to readers who share your musical taste?

New Multitude (Rounder) New Multitudes

Honky Tonk (Rounder) by Son Volt

Tempest (Columbia) by Bob Dylan

Free Magic (Indirecto) by Medeski Martin & Wood

Born to Sing No Plan B (Blue Note) by Van Morrison

What inspired you to write about jazz?

I was bored by rock and roll pure and simple (this was the mid- Seventies!)

What do you like to do in your free time? Any hobbies?

I love to read, in particular science fiction and mysteries (as well as music-related books) and I relish immersing myself in a good film now and then. I also spend much of my time exercising and enjoying the outdoors.

What role does jazz music play in your life?

It is a source of spiritual and intellectual nourishment, to the extent that improvisation is a metaphor for how I navigate myself through the world.

How does writing about jazz contribute to the music itself?

Writing about jazz, and music in general, is simply another means of deepening the pleasure I take in the music.

What do you like most about All About Jazz?

The willingness to expand beyond jazz.

What positives have come from your association with All About Jazz?

I've developed a bonafide pride in what I write about music.

Doug Collette at All About Jazz.

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