My Jazz Story
Published on: 2017-01-12
I love jazz when it moves me emotionally, especially when it swings; it makes makes me smile. I play a bit, too, with a local big
I was first exposed to jazz in the 4th grade. In high school I was lucky enough to see Dave Brubeck live twice and my music
teachers brought me to two Sunday afternoon Count Basie performances in a local nightclub. Brubeck and Basie have been, along
with the Duke later, my touchstones in Jazz: cool Brubeck and swinging Basie.
Later in life, I volunteered to do Google Adwords for the Healdsburg Jazz Festival and in the course of time, I met Azar Lawrence,
with whom I became friends. I saw Azar at Dizzy's in NY in 2012, one of my more memorable jazz performances. Great man,
gentle soul, powerful sound.
I used to host BackYard Jazz house concerts in Santa Rosa, CA. but I've moved on now. I still support Healdsburg Jazz Festival
and use my BackYard Jazz newsletter to alert BackYard Jazz fans to local jazz performances. I also post to JazzNearYou.
My advice to new listeners is listen with your eyes closed.