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Jason Schwager

My Jazz Story

I love jazz because it's the breath of the sun I was first exposed to jazz by a Chicago DJ, Sid McCoy. He changed my life. When I was a high school student near Chicago, I couldn't wait till midnight when Sid came on. I'd listen to him until the wee hours of the morning. I met Abbey Lincoln, and sitting in her dressing room, told her how much her version of "You're My Thrill" meant to me. She was an angel visiting us on earth. The best show I ever attended was...well there is no best, but there are so many memorable: mostly staged by the San Francisco Jazz Festival. The first jazz record I bought was Erroll Garner's Concert By The Sea. I played it until it ceased being vinyl. My advice to new listeners...is listen to your ears and your soul. Follow them. Or whatever else you have in mind: play an instrument. Any instrument. It does not matter how well you do it, as long as you are sincere. It will change the way you hear music. Art saves, keep playing.

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