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Biking is my second favorite non-music activity. I have a mountain bike that goes on roads and trails. It's great exercise and a good way to stay in shape for skiing. Plus, in Colorado, it's possible to basically bike year around. There are a few days here and there where it's too cold or snowy, or maybe even a whole week with too much snow on the ground, but the snow quickly melts and warm days are frequent.
What role does jazz music play in your life? I listen to jazz everyday. It soothes my soul after a day at work (or on the ski slopes).
How does writing about jazz contribute to the music itself? As another approach to my goal as a musical proselytizer, I hope that I can inspire other people to seek out and hear the kind of music that I find so enjoyable. Every once in awhile, someone will tell me they read one of my reviews about someone they had never heard of. They checked out the artist on the web and learned more about that person. The same thing can happen with the radio. One time a talked to a local jazz drummer I know through my involvement at KUVO. He also spends much of his time teaching high school kids how to play jazz. He told me he heard a tune I played by Luciana Souza one night. He was so enraptured, he went on line right away to buy the music and gave it to his students to learn. Success!
What do you like most about All About Jazz? No question: The broad approach to the music.
What positives have come from your association with All About Jazz? Mainly, it's just been the chance to distribute my reviews more widely. I also read articles on the site more frequently than I would otherwise which has expanded my knowledge of jazz.
I love jazz because it's so different than pop and has an emotional pull that other music does not have.
I was first exposed to jazz when I saw Dave Brubeck in 1974.
The first jazz record I bought was Bitches Brew by Miles Davis.