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June Bisantz

My Jazz Story

I love jazz because... it's smart and timeless. I was first exposed to jazz...at the Hartt School of Music in Hartford, CT when I was a kid. I heard the older students playing jazz and I was impressed forever. I met [musician name]...lots of great musicians - but Steve Swallow stands out in my memory because I was such a novice and he was such a jazz giant - and yet he was so very kind to me. The best show I ever attended was...That's an unanswerable question! Way too many great shows. The first jazz record I bought was...a 78rpm, red translucent, Gerry Mulligan record because it was so cool looking. And Ella Fitzgerald singing Gershwin tunes - for the obvious reason - she's every singer's heroine! My advice to new listeners...just enjoy! Or whatever else you have in mind.

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