All About Jazz

Home » Member Page

Kyle Simpler

Longtime jazz listener

About Me

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 it, right?

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!

My Favorites

All About Jazz needs your support

Donate
All About Jazz & Jazz Near You were built to promote jazz music: both recorded and live events. We rely primarily on venues, festivals and musicians to promote their events through our platform. With club closures, shelter in place and an uncertain future, we've pivoted our platform to collect, promote and broadcast livestream concerts to support our jazz musician friends. This is a significant but neccesary effort that will help musicians now, and in the future. You can help offset the cost of this essential undertaking by making a donation today. In return, we'll deliver an ad-free experience (which includes hiding the bottom right video ad). Thank you.

Get more of a good thing

Our weekly newsletter highlights our top stories and includes your local jazz events calendar.