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    View Rent Romus's All About Jazz profile

    My advice to new listeners... Leave your expectations at the door. Jazz is a living music that has a long history of change. Start with the standards then leave them behind...

    Published on: 2017-04-27
    View Gail Robertson's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because it gives
    you "freedom of notes." You
    can "leave the page" and be

    Published on: 2017-04-26
    View Brian O'Connor's All About Jazz profile

    In the fifties I enjoyed latin music. Then in the sixties I heard Stanz Getz and Charlie Byrd with Desafinado. That led me on the path to jazz.

    Always interested in photography, so in the early '70s I started combining the two. No financial rewards, but immense satisfaction and, thanks to
    linking up with writer Stan Britt, managed to meet (and photograph) some of my heroes: Stan Getz, Dexter Gordon, Count Basie, Oscar Peterson.

    Best gigs? Sinatra with Basie at the RFH, London, and Dexter Gordon at Ronnie Scott's.

    Advice to new photographers? Be polite, obtain permission, remain invisible, and always thank when possible the musicians and venue operators.

    Published on: 2017-04-25
    View Khadijah Renee 's All About Jazz profile

    The first jazz record I bought was Wes Montgomery, A Day in the Life. Fell in love with his phenomenal riffs and loved the orchestration.

    Published on: 2017-04-24
    View Billy Ponzio's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because it expresses things so deep that I can't transform in words.

    I met John Pizzarelli.

    The best show I ever attended was MASP in São Paulo Brazil.

    The first jazz record I bought was a Baby Dodds CD.

    My heroes on drums: Papa Jo Jones, Sid Catlett, Gene Krupa, Baby Dodds, Zutty Singleton, Ray Bauduc, Vernell Fournier,
    Shelly Manne, Jimmy Cobb, Joe Morello, Daniel Humair, Kenny Clarke, Sonny Carr, Buddy Rich, Sam Woodyard, Cozy Cole,
    Sonny Greer, Neil Peart, Carl Palmer, Tony Sbarbaro, Vic Berton, Edison Machado, Milton Banana, Rubens Barsotti.

    My heroes in jazz: Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Ahmad Jamal, Coleman Hawkins, Teddy Wilson,
    Barney Kessel, Lester Young, Johnny Hodges, Jelly Roll Morton.

    Published on: 2017-04-23
    View Gary A Soucie's All About Jazz profile

    I was first exposed to jazz as a baby, because my Uncle Cliff was a weekend musician and he used to have jam sessions at
    our house. Apparently, propped up in an armchair, I would spend the whole time digging and grinning. Our house had a parlor
    organ and upright piano and for reasons I cannot fathom, I never had a music lesson.

    I started playing drums by ear (no chops!)
    in high school and became the world's worst jazz drummer. In college, I played in two bands: Bob Haas's Embers Orchestra, a
    to 9-piece band in which I was clearly the worst musician (Bob had played with the Adderley brothers in Miami, a fact I
    confirmed with Cannonball many years later) and Higgy's Combo, a rockish-dance quintet-plus-singer in which I might have
    been the best musician (but still no chops).

    Highlight of my "career" (and lowlights of theirs): sitting in with Jack McDuff and Wes Montgomery.

    Published on: 2017-04-22
    View Henry Moultrie Jr's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because it is so inclusive; jazz lovers are special kind people.

    Published on: 2017-04-21
    View Jorge Sylvester's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because it is an art form an enable the musician to create
    music art on the spot by way of improvisation.

    I was first exposed to jazz by my father's jazz records (LP's Collection).

    I met George Coleman in Madrid, Spain in 1980.

    The best show I ever attended was George Coleman Quartet at the Balboa
    Jazz in Madrid, Spain, 1980.

    The first jazz record I bought was Charles Mingus' The Black Saint
    and The Sinner Lady.

    My advice to new listeners is to really listen with an open mind!

    Published on: 2017-04-20
    View Travis Rogers Jr.'s All About Jazz profile

    I was first exposed to jazz through a high school friend who played Keith Jarrett's "The Koln Concert" for me. Therefore, that was the first jazz record I bought. From Jarrett to Chick to Oscar and Herbie and then came my first hearing of "A Love Supreme." I was never the same...

    Published on: 2017-04-19
    View Aaron Shragge's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because it's a tradition of innovation that continues to draw from an increasingly wide variety of musical cultures.

    Published on: 2017-04-18
    View Homer Jackson's All About Jazz profile

    I was first exposed to jazz by my older sister.

    We lived down the street from Philly's legendary Hasaan when I was a kid. I went to the store and dry cleaners for him a few

    The best show I ever attended was a few years back at the Afro Museum in Philly. It was David Murray, Hamiet Bluiett, Oliver
    Lake, Donald Smith, Fred Hopkins and vocalist, David Peaston. They performed patriotic and religious music. It was absolutely
    amazing. Moving. Powerful.

    The first jazz record I bought was not a jazz album, but bridging to jazz that I remember vividly. It was Santana's 1972 album,
    Caravanserai. Shades of jazz, rock, funk, blues meet African, Afro Cuban and Brazilian colors. The magical brew that they
    concocted still enthralls me today.

    My advice to new listeners... when you find yourself on one of those musical bridges like the Santana I mentioned, relax and
    enjoy the trip.

    Published on: 2017-04-17
    View Sweet Lu Olutosin's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because jazz represents musical freedom. Although there is a form and framework to the music its is not
    restricted that framework. Jazz conveys a spirit of truth much like the truth in Blues and in Gospel, its bursting with feeling
    and expression one can experience through the improvisation of the players.

    I was first exposed to jazz when I was around 13-14 years old when I heard "You don't see me" by Al Jarreau on the radio.
    The song change my life and the way I judged the music I heard from that point on. I was amazed by the vocal freedom I
    heard as he sang, it was unreal to hear him sing with no inhibitions of any kind. Many years later I met Al Jarreau and
    continued to learn from him, what a wonderful soul he was.

    My advice to new listeners... slow down, sit down, close your eyes and listen. Let the music heal your soul and you will
    never be the same.

    Published on: 2017-04-16
    View Niccolò Lucarelli's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because it's poetry in music.

    Published on: 2017-04-15
    View Max Borjon Lopez's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because when I was in high school I was part of our jazz band called the Blue Knights in South San Francisco. Well, after our concert, I learned Stan Kenton was performing at a place called the Thunder Bird Hotel. Scenes from the first Bullet movie were shot there. I went to see the concert with five other Blue Knights. We liked the Kenton band so much that we walked up to the dance floor to get a much closer look but the maitre de would keep pushing us to the back of the ballroom. This went on about three times. Kenton noticed, called us all over to the bandstand asked us what instrument we played and sat us according in each section. That's when I said to myself, "I really dig this scene" and have been performing ever since.

    Published on: 2017-04-14


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