Jazz journalist, jazz adocate, jazz fan.
My interest in jazz and all things jazz-related really began as an outgrowth of my general interest and background in music. As a band director, working with concert bands, marching bands and jazz bands, I am around music all the time now and it's wonderful that my vocation and avocation cross paths in many ways. When I was younger, my mother introduced me to recordings from jazz greats, like Dave Brubeck, Buddy Rich, Oliver Nelson, Max Roach and other legends, but I failed to really develop an interest in jazz at that time. As I got a little older, I became very involved in my school band program and started to study percussion seriously. As a result of my study and interest, I joined my high school jazz band on drums but I still didn't really develop much passion for jazz. While I was always a music collector and avid music listener, most of what I heard and encountered was rock-based. As I got older and went away to study Music Education at Indiana University, I discovered lots of terrific music, often through a "six degrees of separation" scenario, and I began to really appreciate a lot of what I heard. This initial interest, combined with a passion for music history, kept leading me to new discoveries which would, in turn, lead me somewhere else. Many years, hundreds of live shows, thousands of CD's and a few college degrees later.....and I'm still listening, learning and following the constantly evolving art form that we call jazz!