Louis writes, ruminates and chills in Clatskanie, OR.
My Jazz Story
I love jazz, because I was exposed to it at an early age. Also jazz is a natural part of my culture as an African-American of mixed heritage.
I was first exposed to jazz while spending my formative years living with my paternal grandparents, and listening to my youngest uncle, " Dickie(Richard)," playing his own alto sax , while I was hanging out in his room.
I met a number of famous jazz musicians, e.g., Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Sarah Vaughn, et al, at fantastic venues in NYC/Greenwich Village like the Five Spot, Village Vanguard, Birdland, etc., before & after I'd graduated from high school.
The best show/concert I ever attended was when I was a still a kid, and my aforementioned uncle & friends took me to the first (of future) Newport Jazz Festival events, in 1958, where I was mesmerized by such jazz icons like Chico Hamilton, Louis Armstrong, Monk, et al.
The first jazz record I bought was, "It Don't Mean a Thing," by saxophonist, Lester Young.
My advice to new listeners is to LISTEN to jazz, the music, itself, to jazz greats, classical and notable current artists, adopting an attitude of taking a course, even reading an occasional related book or jazz musician's bio, in essence, make jazz a part of your musical world.
My House Concert Story
Used to attend jazz "boites" in Paris (2000-04) with my friends, going to clubs like, 7 Lezards (now closed), Les Ducs des Lombards, JazzClub Etoile, etc.