Wendy Jones

My Jazz Story

Published on: 2017-10-22

I love jazz because it's honest and it allows one to express oneself while working with others. I was first exposed to big band when I was a child. I first heard true jazz in college. I met Dee Dee Bridgewater last year as well as Harold Danko, Randy Brecker, Esperanza Spalding, and just this week, Carmen Bradford. The best show I ever attended was Esperanza Spalding at the Orange Peel in Asheville in 2016. I can't remember my first jazz album...I have so many now, but I THINK it was Sarah Vaughan's Crazy and Mixed Up. My advice to new listeners is to listen to everything and if you don't like it at first, come back a few months later (or a year later) and give it another try. Your tastes will change as you understand the genre more. Listen, listen and LISTEN.