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    View Marc Smason's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because it's spontaneous composition and expression beyond words.

    I was first exposed to jazz as a child to Frank Sinatra & Sarah Vaughn.

    I have played with Art Blakey, Santana, Joe Henderson, Bobby Hutcherson, Big Joe Turner, Baby
    Gramps, The Funk Brothers, Sam Shepard, Benny Green, Carlos Santana, Julian Priester, Eddie
    Henderson, Sonny Simmons, Perry Robinson, Amy Denio, Michael White, Hadley Caliman, Jeff
    Johnson, Jay Thomas, Mike Bisio, Bert Wilson and the Ivar’s Clams.

    The best show I ever attended was Judy Garland Dallas 1958.

    The first jazz record I bought was "Monk's Music".

    Published on: 2017-02-19
    View Don Chaffins's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because it's a mood changer for me. I can choose an
    album, sit down to listen and get my head back in shape.

    I was first exposed to jazz in the mid-50s in Jacksonville, FL
    when I was but a little thing. My parents would put the radio in
    my room at night to soothe me to sleep. They discovered jazz was
    what did it for me.

    The first jazz record I bought was as best that I can remember a
    Dave Brubeck piece. Sorry, but the gray cells are turning to ash
    these days.

    My advice to new listeners is to ignore what your friends might
    think about your choice of music, find a jazz station in your area
    or online and experiment with various styles of jazz until you
    find one that fits your head. Caution should be exercised as this
    could lead to addiction.

    Published on: 2017-02-18
    View Judy Night's All About Jazz profile

    Music is the language in which my heart speaks speak, and jazz is my dialect.

    When I speak in English I communicate thoughts and ideas. When I speak musically, I am connected heart and soul with what I am saying, and I find that listeners can hear and feel this.

    Published on: 2017-02-17
    View Natalie de Jager's All About Jazz profile

    I was first exposed to jazz at 18. I was studying classical singing but the jazz department kept calling me!

    The first jazz record I bought was Come in Spinner, Vince Jones and Grace Knight.

    I met Kurt Elling at Birdland Jazz Club and we had a great chat at the bar.

    The best show I ever attended was Esperanza Spalding at Webster Hall. Her bass never missed a beat and her voice was just perfection! And her 11 piece band was hot hot hot!

    Published on: 2017-02-16
    View Hagen Moller's All About Jazz profile

    I discovered Jazz in 1996 after watching a Skateboard Video called "Mouse". Guy Mariano had Herbie's Watermelon Man as a
    track under his part. I grew up in Athens, Greece at the time and was 12 years old. I went to my local record store and told
    them: "I am looking for something were nobody sings and with flutes."

    Published on: 2017-02-15
    View Kent Olayemi Olaleye's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because I love instrumentals and how they are arranged.

    I was first exposed to jazz through the jazz albums of an uncle in America.

    Published on: 2017-02-14
    View Donny Elise's All About Jazz profile

    The first jazz record I bought with my
    own money was "A Love Supreme" by
    John Coltrane. I listened for hours in the
    solitude of my own thoughts--sound into
    thought! A later gift from my best friend
    (and fellow young jazz enthusiast) was
    Ornette Coleman's ground-breaking "The
    Shape of Jazz to Come." True to its
    moniker, this album would serve to
    shape my musical palate, and make me
    fall "head over heels" in love with the

    Published on: 2017-02-13
    View Joe Gatto's All About Jazz profile

    My personal best Jazz story/experience is while on vacation in New York City in July 2014, I got to go with my good friend to the memorial service for great Jazz piano player, Horace Silver. We heard the announcement on New York’s best Jazz radio station WBGO, and decided to go.

    Mr. Silver’s family, friends, fans, and plenty of Jazz musicians (like Lou Donaldson telling great stories) packed an old Episcopalian church in the Lower East Side, played his music, and eulogized this great man. We walked out feeling full of soul. I’d never felt such a soulful vibe before.

    I love jazz because it makes me feel great when I listen to it! So, I listen to it a lot.

    I don’t have words for how to describe the feelings conveyed in Jazz. Music teachers come up with wonderful adjectives, and can turn a phrase to communicate what it’s like to hear the opening notes of “Freddie Freeloader” for example.

    Me, I just like to listen to it. I like to search for Jazz songs that are new to me, or re-listen to an iconic track with new ears. I want to keep having that groovy feeling I get when I hear Jazz I haven’t heard before, yet immediately grabs my attention and keeps coming with layers of soulful music.

    The best Jazz show I ever attended was Christian McBride Trio at the Columbus Jazz & Ribs Festival. He is such a gracious showman, and his band grooves hard!

    My advice to new listeners is to explore the vast catalogs on the iconic labels like Blue Note to get into the Hard Bop players, explore the New Orleans sound, get hip to the current Jazz musicians that make the art form thrive today—and broaden your horizons & enrich your life with the world's most soulful music.

    Published on: 2017-02-12
    View Josh Prewett's All About Jazz profile

    I grew up listening to my dad's old jazz albums and was immediately drawn to the music of Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Stan
    Kenton, and Doc Severinsen and the Tonight Show Band. With some great guidance from teachers, I went to the University of
    Northern Colorado where I got to play in the Lab I Big Band working with greats such as Slide Hampton and Bill Holman.

    Published on: 2017-02-11
    View Dylan Jack's All About Jazz profile

    I was first exposed to jazz when my grandfather introduced me to Gene Krupa.

    Published on: 2017-02-10
    View Ray Baden's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because it's relaxing and invigorating at the same time, and sounds great on my new floor standing speakers.

    I was first exposed to jazz by a co-worker in New York when I was in my early twenties.

    I met John Heard.

    The first jazz record I bought was Dave Brubeck's Greatest Hits.

    My advice to new listeners... put the cell phone away, and just sit and concentrate on what you are hearing.

    Published on: 2017-02-09
    View Christopher A Wade's All About Jazz profile

    Jazz is a different experience for everyone that hears it. It is never the same way twice and your experience... is your experience.
    Jazz is all about spontaneity, improvisation, not conforming to expectations....it's all about style.

    I was first exposed to jazz as a child. My parents were avid jazz fans and by the time I was five years old I was listening to all types
    of Jazz--everything from Mose Allison, Nancy Wilson and Astrud Gilberto to Miles Davis, John Coltrane, and Dave Brubeck.

    I have met many musicians in my time, but my most memorable encounter happened when I was about 20 years old and I met
    Nancy Wilson--needless to say... I was mesmerized!

    The best show I ever attended was the Pat Metheny Group at The Meadowbrook Amphitheater in Auburn Hills, Michigan. Pat and
    the Group performed cuts off of a new CD that wasn't out for release yet. It was called the "First Circle"! I was blown away!

    The first jazz record I bought was by John Tropea called "Tangerine." My advice to new listeners: "Jazz is not about hearing it, it's
    about feeling it. Take the time to listen and you will hear something new every time you do".

    Published on: 2017-02-08
    View Nadine Fambrough-Gates's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because my brother (Charles) was a professional jazz bassist.

    Published on: 2017-02-07
    View Leslie Lewis's All About Jazz profile

    My father was a huge jazz fan. He loved vocalists and had gone to school with Sarah Vaughan. Growing up in New Jersey, I was exposed to all the jazz greats.
    Besides jazz, we also went to the city to see Broadway shows. My Aunt led a church choir and I sang in it starting at age three.

    Music has been a natural thing for me for as long as I can remember. I've sung all types of music and worked in my early years at Disneyland, Disneyworld and
    Opry Land.

    Eventually, I came back to the music my father played in our home in my youth. I have been blessed to have worked with so many great musicians and I've tried
    to learn as much as I can from them. It is always important to do your homework and know what the song you are singing is all about. It's also very important
    to listen to recordings of the greats so you know what they did with the material you want to sing. That is my best advice to young artists.

    Published on: 2017-02-06

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