Again, the old image of world music coming from pure local styles that stemmed out of the map places has given way to a more worldly, connected type of music, where the artists consciously decide what to put into the mix. At OFFest, cultures quickly mingle and the world grows smaller and even more tangled.
I love jazz because transports me to another reality.
I was first exposed to jazz a concert on the lake many years ago.
I met many musicians at various international jazz festivals.
The best show I ever attended was Jazzascona in Suisse.
The first jazz record I bought was Miles Davis and John Coltrane.
My advice to new listeners is listen to music with an open mind.
Listen, think and share jazz everywhere.