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Stephen Braunginn

My Jazz Story

I love jazz because is moves my soul, soothes my soul, fills my soul. I was first exposed to jazz at home, listening to music my parents played. I met many musicians including Sonny Rollins, McCoy Tyner, Geri Allen, Tia Fuller, Cecil McBee, Joann Brackeen, Jack DeJohnette, Sonny Fortune. I am a jazz radio host. The best show I ever attended was-oh you make it so hard. It's between Geri Allen and Directions in Music by Herbie Hancock, Michael Brecker, Roy Hargrove, Bellenbeck, and Terri Lyn Carrington. The first jazz record I bought was Wes Montgomery's "The Incredible Jazz Guitar of Wes Montgomery." My advice to new listeners...listen to what feels and hears right for you at the moment, read about musicians and definitely go to listen and see live jazz. Or whatever else you have in mind. Jazz is the ultimate Democracy. Jazz is the music of Black Americans by Black Americans given to the world to embrace. Be alive in jazz.

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