As well as jazz and other styles of music, Scott Krane has covered policy and politics in the Mideast, as well as other geopolitics and defense. He's blogged about film, philosophy and more. He is also the author of a book on the poetry of John Ashbery.
My Jazz Story
I love jazz because it is so mysterious.
I was first exposed to jazz when my guitar teacher/mentor introduced me to the music of Charlie 'Bird' Parker.
I met Metheny in Manny's Music in Midtown, Manhattan; Scofield, backstage in Jerusalem and Peter Bernstein at the bar at Smalls, NYC. On several occasions I met Phil Ramone, producer of
Coltrane's 'Ole' and Getz/Gilberto (and I interviewed the late great McCoy Tyner through emails).
The first jazz record I bought was Miles Davis live at Carnegie Hall, 1961 on cassette tape. This was followed by the essential Dizzy Gillespie on CD and the Best of John Coltrane, also on CD.