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Christopher A Wade

My Jazz Story

Published on: 2017-02-08

Jazz is a different experience for everyone that hears it. It is never the same way twice and your experience... is your experience. Jazz is all about spontaneity, improvisation, not conforming to expectations....it's all about style. I was first exposed to jazz as a child. My parents were avid jazz fans and by the time I was five years old I was listening to all types of Jazz—everything from Mose Allison, Nancy Wilson and Astrud Gilberto to Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Dave Brubeck. I have met many musicians in my time, but my most memorable encounter happened when I was about 20 years old and I met Nancy Wilson—needless to say... I was mesmerized! The best show I ever attended was the Pat Metheny Group at The Meadowbrook Amphitheater in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Pat and the Group performed cuts off of a new CD that wasn't out for release yet. It was called the "First Circle"! I was blown away! The first jazz record I bought was by John Tropea called "Tangerine." My advice to new listeners: "Jazz is not about hearing it, it's about feeling it. Take the time to listen and you will hear something new every time you do".

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