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    View Nelson Gonzalez-Torres's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because it is spontaneous use of notes, and infectious rhythms, with split-second thought. It is like playing a
    sport at high speed. I first remember hearing it played in a public broadcast television station in Puerto Rico where they
    were playing post-bebop jazz with a bluesy style that surpassed what some rockers were trying to do in the late 60’s. A
    friend also played “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf”, Jimmy Smith’s organ and big band album. It blew me away. I was
    hooked.

    Published on: 2017-08-23
    View Christine Passarella's All About Jazz profile

    It is a joy being part of this community. I arrive here as an educator and founder of Kids for Coltrane. The
    Kids for Coltrane is a program that focuses on jazz to teach children about American history, equality,
    character education and the Arts. By doing this, children become invested in literacy, creativity, compassion,
    curiosity and courage. It is a program that celebrates the individual while also working in collaboration with
    others.

    Published on: 2017-08-22
    View Ayo Awe-Joseph's All About Jazz profile

    I was first exposed to jazz by my uncle in my teenage years. Every morning while spending my holidays, he'll play some jazz albums that got my ear attention.

    Published on: 2017-08-21
    View Adrian Johnson's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because of its rich historical significance and how significant it has been in my journey of life.

    I was first exposed to jazz back in 1991 when I was in high school.

    I me Jeff Parker, Julius Paul, and countless other musicians.

    The first jazz record I bought was Charles Mingus' Let My Children Hear Music.

    My advice to new listeners... open your mind and drift away into sonic amazement.

    Published on: 2017-08-20
    View Frances Charder's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because it takes me unexpected places, high and low, rich and deep, emotionally, intellectually and physically.

    I was first exposed to jazz as a child in dance..along with blues and soul as a teenager.

    I have met many jazz musicians in NYC. The best from here and around the world. The warmest people in the world (except for
    Phil Woods, RIP).

    The best show I ever attended is impossible to say; I must admit Count Basie and Dizzy may top many.

    The first jazz record I bought was one of Jimmy Smith's when I was 15. Then John Coltrane and so on!

    My advice to new listeners relax and attend to inner sensations, thrills and chills, explosive joy.

    Listen every chance you get. Especially in person, live and present. The musician always gives the best. Even with a small
    audience. Expect everything and nothing. Love and be loved.

    Published on: 2017-08-18
    View Marty Williams's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because it's been a life's work.

    I was first exposed to jazz by my father.

    I met Hampton Hawes.

    The best show I ever attended was Les McCann.

    The first jazz record I bought was Herbie Hancock.

    My advice to new listeners is to listen at a comfortable volume.

    Published on: 2017-08-17
    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

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