What do you think keeps jazz alive and thriving? Jazz gets into your soul. It makes you tap your foot. It simply feels good and makes you happy. I would like to see more done to expose young people at the elementary and middle school level to jazz. A few may learn to play and carry on the tradition, but many could be exposed to it and learn how fun jazz is. Creative approaches are needed. For example, a local puppeteer carried out a project for the Charlie Parker Celebration a couple years ago. He wrote and told a story with his life size puppets about Charlie Parker and some of the history of Kansas City jazz. Children were invited to performances at the GEM Theatre at 18th and Vine. It was well received by the kids, and performed later at local schools. I would like to see other creative programs carried out in KC and the rest of the country.
I love jazz because it has allowed me to find my own voice.
I was first exposed to jazz as a child through my parents.
The best show I ever attended was Cassandra Wilson and Dianne Reeves. AMAZING!!!
The first jazz record I bought was Carmen Sings Monk.
My advice to new listeners is to listen with your heart and feel with your experiences.