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What positives have come from your association with All About Jazz? Knowing musicians, getting a lot of excellent music and once in a blue moon getting an invitation to a jazz festival. Last summer I was invited to the great Kongsberg Jazz Festival in Norway and had one of my best musical experiences ever. And of course, always expanding my knowledge about music.
I love jazz because it mixes intellect and emotion in a very spontaneous way.
I was first exposed to jazz by liberating a Coltrane and a Pharoah Sanders record from a friend in NYC and listening to them over and over until I got it.
My advice to new listeners is you have to take the time to listen to some jazz tunes a number of times until it starts to make sense.