Jazz Stories

Share your jazz story with your fellow readers! Once logged in, click the blue "Update Page" button on your member page, then scroll down to the "Share your story" box. Enter and save.

    View Andrew J. Sammut's All About Jazz profile

    Jazz combines creativity from the mind, heart, and the gut. It flourishes through structure and uses melody and rhythm to bridge the musician's creativity and the listener's
    imagination.

    I try to appreciate all forms of music and styles of jazz but find myself drawn to the "hot music" of the twenties through the early thirties, including its many contemporary
    incarnations. Obscure and forgotten musicians of that period also interest me. I also enjoy Baroque and Classical music; much of that repertoire actually shares jazz's
    emphasis on improvisation, creating tension over an underlying ground rhythm, and exciting formal variation.

    Published on: 2019-02-18
    View Michael Occhipinti's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because it's an area of music where I am free to incorporate everything I've
    experienced in music, including multiple genres and global cultures, and creatively express
    myself as a composer and improviser. I see jazz as a "big tent" music, and have tried to avoid
    worrying about what of style of music I play so much as do I express the various styles I've
    absorbed in a way that is honest and personal. As a guitarist, it means I cover a lot of
    different sounds, and as a composer it means I draw on a lot of different influences quite
    freely.

    Published on: 2019-02-10
    View Jeff Williams's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because I am a Berklee College of Music Graduate, jazz has always been my go to music. I attended on a Performance Scholarship and graduated in 1999.

    I was first exposed to jazz at a very young age, my parents only played, classical, jazz and gospel music in the home.

    I have met countless musicians over the years, and played with them too. What I love most about musicians is their desire to create.

    The best show I ever attended was: That is hard to say; I view each show as a new adventure, I truly have enjoyed them all.

    The first jazz record I bought was Wes Montgomery Boss Guitar.

    My advice to new listeners: Modern Jazz Today (modernjazztoday.com) plays a wide breadth of jazz from fusion to bop and beyond, my goal is to cover all styles of jazz to celebrate the diversity jazz has to offer.

    MJT is syndicated on 42 terrestrial stations, and 2 online stations in 3 countries.

    Published on: 2019-02-04
    View Joe Seta's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because it has both beauty and a
    sense of humor.

    I was first exposed to jazz by Louis Armstrong.

    I met Ella Fitzgerald, Ed Thigpen, and Buddy
    Rich.

    My advice to new listeners: is clap - often! The
    more feedback you give to the performers the
    better show you guarantee for yourself.

    Published on: 2019-02-03
    View Shawn Myers's All About Jazz profile

    I was first exposed to jazz through my father when he would play Art Blakey's Ugetsu in the car to and from the beach. It captivated me.

    Published on: 2019-01-28
    View Akinfe Fatou's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because it's one of the most beautiful
    artforms I've ever experienced. I was first
    exposed to jazz as child. I remember hearing
    such elegant music... Billie Holiday, John
    Coltrane, Sarah Vaughan, Thelonious Monk, Ella
    Fitzgerald, Max Roach, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles
    Davis, etc., and it stayed with me, became a part
    of me. The first Jazz record that I purchased was
    A Love Supreme followed by Misterioso, Kind of
    Blue, Lady in Satin, and Giant Steps.

    Published on: 2019-01-25
    View Maarten Kerkhof's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because it is the most diverse music genre.

    I was first exposed to jazz a long time ago.

    The best show I ever attended was Henry Threadgill's very very Circus at SJU jazzpodium in Utrecht.

    The first jazz record I bought was Coleman Hawkins Big Band live at The Savoy Ballroom 1940.

    My advice to new listeners is to attend as many concerts you can even though you may not know the musicians who are playing.

    Published on: 2019-01-23
    View Kristin Callahan's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because it is musically complex, emotional, and challenges me.

    I was first exposed to jazz later in life, at around 29 years old.

    I met Barry Harris, Roy Hargrove, and Johnny O'Neal sitting in at jams in NYC.

    The first jazz record I bought was You Won't Forget Me by Shirley Horn.

    My advice to new listeners is keep an open mind.

    Published on: 2019-01-18
    View Todd Steed's All About Jazz profile

    I first got in to jazz just by hearing it on the radio as kid, notably on commercial AM radio! Eventually, my parents took me to New Orleans and that was that.
    My college roomies hipped me to Mingus, Monk, Miles and all the greats. Visiting Papa Jazz in South Carolina got me more into Sun Ra, AAC and such
    goodies. I now am the music director at WUOT-FM in Knoxville and host a jazz show called Improvisations.

    Published on: 2019-01-13
    View Carol Abbe Smith's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because it makes me smile and feel good.

    I was first exposed to jazz by my mom who was a stride player and my day had big band music from the '30s and '40s.

    I met Donald Fagen in college and he taught me blues chords.

    The best show I ever attended was hearing Charles Mingus live at the Five Spot when I was 14.

    The first jazz record I bought was Mingus Ah Um.

    .Jazz has been a big part of my life and has given me more then I give back to the music but I will keep trying to because I
    have no choice.

    Published on: 2019-01-11
    View Erik Borelius's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because to me it includes so much - from the jazz fusion and jazz rock of the seventies, that influenced me in the beginning, to the latin jazz and melodic folk music-jazz that I later discovered. I've
    always looked in different directions for inspiration and even though my music often is hard to put a label on. I regard jazz to be the closest genré.

    I was first exposed to jazz listening to the Swedish piano master Jan Johansson in the seventies.

    Published on: 2019-01-09
    View John Shaffer's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because as a teacher for 52 years and jazz performer of more than 10,000 gigs having played with Dizzy Gillespie, George Benson, Richie Cole, Gary Bartz,
    Bobby Hutcherson, McCoy Tyner, Frank Foster, Eddie Shu, Frank Vicari, Attila Zoller, Joe Beck, Lenny Breau, Bob Conti, Jimmy Bruno, Barry Greene and many more, jazz
    now defines a lot of who and what I am and how people recognize me.

    I was first exposed to jazz in the 1950's.

    My advice to new listeners is give jazz a chance. It is more than just surface music. There are depths that can teach you many things and unlock the doors of a limited
    perspective.

    Published on: 2019-01-06
    View Kenney Polson's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because It is unpredictable and it is never the same way every single time. I don’t even think it is possible to play any selection the same way two consecutive times. I really like the fact that it is that way. It definitely keeps my interest, because of it.

    I was first exposed to jazz by my Uncle Wayne. He used to play Cannonball Adderley for me all the time when I used to visit him in Oakland, CA. We lived in a small town called Bakersfield, CA and it was always great to get out of town and visit with my Uncles (One in Los Angeles, and one in Oakland).

    The best show I ever attended was the North Sea Jazz Festival. Man, what a great venue. This was when it was still in Den Haag. Everybody you could think of was there (Miles Davis, Herbie
    Hancock, Chick Corea, Pharoah Sanders, Yusef Lateef, Alice Coltrane, and the list goes on…)

    Published on: 2019-01-05
    View Charu Suri's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because every artist's rendition of a work is different. Jazz requires true virtuosity!

    I was first exposed to jazz while I was still a child. I listened to many classical and jazz greats, from Bill Evans to Miles Davis.

    Published on: 2019-01-04