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    View Jose Enrique Fernandez's All About Jazz profile

    The first jazz record I bought was a Verve compilation of 10 LPs! I saved for more than six months and gave it to myself as a
    Christmas present. I was about 18 years old. Since then, my love for jazz has taken me to program the only jazz radio station in
    Mexico City, Horizonte 107.9 FM.

    Published on: 2017-08-16
    View Richard Wayne Hottell's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because it opens up my mind, there's no other way for me to explain.

    The best show I ever attended was Avishai Cohen Trio live at Garana Jazz Festival Romania in 2011.

    The first jazz record I bought was Weather Report's "Sweetnighter." I found Weather Report after listening to Miles Davis.

    Published on: 2017-08-15
    View Steve Scott's All About Jazz profile

    The best show I ever attended was Chick Corea and Return Forever in 1973, at Pine Knob in Clarkston, MI. It was a Sunday
    matinee, and they were the opening act for the Dutch band Focus, who had a current top-forty hit, "Hocus Pocus". Chick & Co.
    stole the show. I had never witnessed such an electronic/accoustic melding of music. It was explosive, with Bill Conner on guitar,
    Stanley Clarke on bass, and Lenny White on drums. You had to be there.

    Published on: 2017-08-13
    View Chandra Naraine's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because you just let it happen to experience the ultimate in challenge and creativity.

    I was first exposed to jazz when I was 12 years old and my father played me his collection of recordings from the 20's and 30's.

    I met Dizzy Gillespie, Pat Metheny, Lyle Mays, Wayne Shorter and Jack De Johnette, among many luminaries of the jazz world.

    The best show I ever attended was Montreux Jazz Festival in 1996.

    The first jazz record I bought was Kind of Blue by an illustrious collection of jazz artists of the period led by Miles Davis.

    My advice to new listeners is to have an open and unfettered mind when listening to all music.
    There's no bad art; just bad judgement of art. I do not have to like it for it to be valid.

    Published on: 2017-08-12
    View Jeff Winbush's All About Jazz profile

    My advice to new listeners...don't let anyone tell you the music you like is "wrong" and what they like is "right." Don't follow the herd. Go your own way. That's what jazz is all about.

    Published on: 2017-08-11
    View Wolfgang Mowrey's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because it always grows.

    I was first exposed to jazz in the backseat of the car.

    I met Badbadnotgood in 2014, and conducted my first ever radio interview with them.

    The best show I ever attended was Les McCann, live at LACMA.

    The first jazz record I bought was with my own money? Tribute to Jack Johnson, perhaps.

    My advice to new listeners... enjoy the great records that have come before us, but keep an eager eye on all of those to come.

    Published on: 2017-08-10
    View Grace Garland's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because it's musical freedom! :)

    I was first exposed to jazz by my Dad who loved it, and filled the house with the sound everyday.

    I met many, but the ONE meeting that made me cry with tears of joy was the legendary Ms. Nancy Wilson.

    Published on: 2017-08-09
    View Robert Sanchez's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because of the freedom and discipline that it gives you.

    I was first exposed to jazz from a college professor who brought me out to a local jam session.

    I met Gilbert Castellanos and began photographing all his endeavors here in San Diego and Los Angeles.

    The best show I ever attended was the Clayton Brothers at TSRI with Eric Reed on piano.

    The first jazz record I bought was Miles Davis live at Carnegie Hall.

    My advice to new listeners is be patient and have an open mind.

    Published on: 2017-08-07
    View Tony Hughes's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because I love harmony, nice chord changes, and melodic soloing.

    My first jazz memory was seeing Dizzy Gillespie on television when I was 5 years old.

    I met Tal Farlow in Philadelphia in 1984.

    The best show I ever attended was a concert near Seattle by Boulou and Elios Ferre guitar duo at the 2004 Django Festival NW.

    The first jazz record I bought was Light As A Feather by Chick Corea.

    My advice to new listeners... listen until you like it. :-)

    Published on: 2017-08-05
    View Franklin Rodriguez's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because I need it.

    I need jazz as the air I breathe.

    I need jazz anywhere.

    I need jazz anytime.

    Maybe I need jazz so much because as someone said to me: You are "jazzopath."

    Published on: 2017-08-04
    View Nat Seelen's All About Jazz profile

    So I remember being at the Regattabar Jazz Club, in Cambridge. I must have been fifteen years old, something like that, and my parents brought me to see Branford Marsalis and his quartet. That was when Branford was touring with Tain Watts, Joey Calderazzo, and Eric Revis, and they were playing "A Love Supreme." We had the original on LP back at the house (I know - this was in the early 2000s, but we still had it on LP!), and Branford's band was just killing it on stage. Anyway, Watts was doing his best Elvin impression in "Pursuance" when Branford gave his colleagues a sly look. Watts's eyes were closed! As the energy in the room pushed higher and higher, Marsalis, Revis, and Calderazzo quietly left through the side door. The Zildjians erupted with the touch of Watts' sticks and as we hit the climax of his solo, Watts' eyes blinked open to find himself alone, on stage, flipping lightly into time in front of two hundred lucky guests. Oh come on!

    Published on: 2017-08-03
    View Kate Brown's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because of the richness and range and feeling of the music.

    Published on: 2017-08-02
    View Brian Moran's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because it's inclusiveness of so many elements.

    I was first exposed to jazz as a child and had an early fascination.

    I met guitarist Bruce Forman and he was a major inspiration.

    The first jazz record I bought was Miles' "In a Silent Way", having no idea of what it would sound like. Not what I expected.

    My advice to new listeners is to listen to everything. And now with Spotify, etc.. no excuses!

    Published on: 2017-08-01
    View Alain Mallet's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because it kept me off the streets during those crucial teenage years, while Mozart couldn't.

    I was first exposed to jazz while listening to Erroll Garner in my folks' car.

    I met Shelby Lynne and was tongue tied for some reason.

    The best show(s) I ever attended were... Buddy Tate with Milt Buckner (1070), Lionel Hampton (1972), Peter Gabriel (1977), The Police (1978) and Keith Jarrett solo (1986).

    The first jazz record I bought was Juju (Wayne Shorter).

    My advice to new listeners... listen to the big ideas, the drama, the story lines, don't fret the details, that's musician stuff.

    Published on: 2017-07-31

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