Feel free to ask. Email me at dmikereyes[at]gmailDotcom.
My Jazz Story
DanMichael Reyes is a graduating senior at New York's New School For Jazz and
I was first exposed to jazz when I looked at the liner notes of Mos Def's album Black On
Both Sides and noticed that a producer sampled a track from a pianist named Bill
I met drummer Joe LaBarbera through my teacher Markus Burger who set up a
session with me and Mr. LaBarbera. I was so nervous that I couldn't play a damn thing. I
have never heard the tune that I recorded that day and don't wish to listen to it. It was a
great learning experience about professionalism and preparedness.
The best show I ever attended was a concert with Brad Mehldau playing solo piano,
Tyner, and Ellis Marsalis three days after I turned 19.
The first jazz record I bought was Waltz For Debby by Bill Evans
My advice to new listeners. The idiom referred to as Jazz is a language and musical
expression that encompasses New Orleans Brass Bands to Avant Garde extended
techniques. Somewhere in the middle of that spectrum you'll find a tempo and a groove
that swings right for you and when you do, don't let anyone ever tell you what this music
and what it ain't.
Can't we all just get along?