Peter J. Hoetjes

Writer

About Me

Peter J Hoetjes' articles, album reviews, and other pieces have been read by well over a quarter million people. His work has been featured in multiple publications, including All About Jazz and Glide Magazine. Whether you are an industry professional seeking someone to create the liner notes or press release your upcoming album (of any genre) deserves, or someone with a different written assignment in mind, he can work with you to see that your vision becomes a reality. Contact him here or by email at [email protected] with a brief introduction to learn more today.

My Jazz Story

Published on: 2018-10-20

I didn't grow up listening to jazz. Nobody I knew ever did. I don't have a favorite uncle, or a kindly neighbor to thank for allowing me to rummage through their album collection as a boy. My introduction to the music started when I was 23. I may have known little about jazz, but I knew from the television that it was enjoyed in smoky rooms, through dim lights and a warm glow from the well mixed cocktails everyone drank. I decided I wanted a little of that scene for myself, even for a night, so I put on my best clothes and convinced an even better girl to take a train to Grand Central, NYC with me and walk to Birdland to see some guy by the name of Coltrane. It was Ravi Coltrane, and once the lights dimmed I got my drink, (and settled for a decidedly less smoky atmosphere) and by midnight that evening I'd learn that not only is he a great musician in his own right, he'd be sending me down a harmonic rabbit- hole. Ever since that night I've been catching up on all the music I missed in the past century, as well as a bit that is still being made. So maybe I don't have that favorite uncle with a record collection. I got a night I'll remember for the rest of my life.

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