Longtime jazz listener
I took lab band when I entered college, and the professor told
us that we needed to quit listening to as much rock and start
buying more jazz records. Since I was already addicted to buying
records, this seemed like an ideal way to legitimize my
spending. After all, when a teacher tells you to do something, you should do
A lot of time has passed since then, but I still buy a lot of records. I also started learning jazz guitar a few years ago, and that's been a great experience. Oh yeah, when I'm not listening to or playing music, I teach High School English.
My Jazz Story
My first exposure to jazz was in middle school
band, but I didn't get seriously interested in it until I went to college.
I listen to a lot of different jazz styles, but I especially dig jazz guitar.
The best show I ever attended was Max
Roach, and Jimmy Smith would be a close runner up.
My advice to new listeners: there's not
going to be a test—just have fun!