Douglas Groothuis

Philosopher and Jazz aficionado

About Me

I teach philosophy at Denver Seminary and have written academic and more popular articles, including essays on jazz. I am an avid jazz collector and prefer bebop, modal, Duke Ellington, and free jazz. I hope I can make a substantial contribution to this page.

My Jazz Story

Published on: 2016-03-27

I love jazz because it can bring out the best of human creativity and friendship. I was first exposed to jazz long ago by reading reviews by Ralph J. Gleason. I met Ravi Coltrane, Joey DeFrancesco, Vijay Iyler, and (best of all) Pat Martino. The best show I ever attended was Pat Martino in Chicago in 2012. The first jazz record I bought was perhaps Herbie Hancock. My advice to new listeners is to learn to listen deeply without distractions.

Shop for Music

Start your music shopping from All About Jazz and through our retail affiliations you'll support us in the process.


Rare vinyl LPs and CDs from over 1,000 independent sellers


CDs, Vinyl, Blu-Ray DVDS, Prime membership, Alexa, SONOS and more


Specializing in high resolution and CD-quality downloads


Specializing in music, movies and video games


Marketplace for new, used, and vintage instruments and gear