Peter J. Hoetjes
Writer | Music & Art Critic
A writer and critic with years of experience, Peter J. Hoetjes' articles, reviews, and other pieces have been read by well over a half-million people. His work has been featured in multiple publications, including All About Jazz and Glide Magazine.
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My Jazz Story
Published on: 2018-10-20
I didn't grow up listening to jazz.
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
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
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
Birdland to see some guy by the name
Coltrane. It was
Ravi Coltrane, and once the lights
dimmed I got my drink, (and settled for
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.