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    View Mick Raubenheimer's All About Jazz profile

    I first fell in love with Herbie Hancock by mistake. As a 14-yr old Grunge head. A weathered tape cassette found in a tiny pile of
    miscellaneous recordings led to my confusing the Herbie Hancock side (one of his more generic Eighties outings) with the flip
    side, which was the Keith Jarrett trio's inaugural, ethereally ambient Standards release. A further shock, and much confusion,
    was had when I listened to the only Herbie Hancock album at a local CD store: The super funk-drenched and all round wondrous
    Thrust. Confusion and mega-stimuli abounded. Apologies to Gary Peacock, and Hancock's Eighties album.

    Published on: 2017-11-17
    View Eric Novak's All About Jazz profile

    I was first exposed to jazz when I accidentally stumbled on Moanin' by Charles Mingus on YouTube my freshman year of college. The fire of that tune captivated me right away and I downloaded as many jazz albums as I could by Mingus, Sun Ra, Miles Davis,
    Eric Dolphy and others. I listened to them on the bus for the many long hours on a concert band tour.

    Published on: 2017-11-16
    View Roseanna Vitro's All About Jazz profile

    I have loved jazz since I was turned on to it at the age of 21 in Houston.

    I was first exposed to jazz by Ray Sullenger, Arnett Cobb, Bobby Henschen, and Tom Clarkson.

    I have worked with and met so many great musicians since discovering the music of Ella, Oscar, Joe, Sarah, Mel, Carmen, Flora, on and on... lucky me.

    The best show I ever attended was Ella at Carnegie Hall.

    The first jazz record I bought was Bill Evans and Tony Bennett.

    My advice to new listeners is to check out the history of jazz.

    Published on: 2017-11-15
    View Ava Louise's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because of the freedom to improvise and add your own voice to the music.

    The first jazz record I bought was Nina Simone Forbidden Fruit.

    Published on: 2017-11-14
    View Damon Banks's All About Jazz profile

    My advice to new listeners is keep an open mind, support the music you love and invest in the artists you believe in!

    Published on: 2017-11-13
    View Boiler Brewing Company's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because it's music for music's sake. It challenges the brain by tempting it with the heart.

    I was first exposed to jazz when I bought my first record that was actually a cassette.

    The best show I ever attended for jazz was Wynton Marsalis at the UNL Lied Center. 3rd row-center. The PA delusion of the
    music was minimal. It was glorious. Best non-jazz and best show in general that I ever had the pleasure of witnessing was
    at Sokol Hall in Omaha, NE in 1989.

    The first jazz record I bought was Joe Henderson's "So Near, So Far."

    My advice to new listeners is stick with it. Jazz, for the most part is the antithesis of pop music. The last number of generations
    have been raised on pop music. Listening to jazz is a switching of gears. I've been digging deep into the rich history of jazz for
    years and I'm still learning things! Thats the beauty of jazz--t's not a disposable art form. I regularly listen to records that I
    been listening to for over 20 years and the way I hear them and the things that I hear on them evolves over time.

    Published on: 2017-11-12
    View Sam S. Coston's All About Jazz profile

    One of The best shows I ever attended was the George Adams-Don Pullen quartet.

    Published on: 2017-11-11
    View Gareth Thompson's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because it has a spiritual dimension in tandem with its musical vibe.

    I was first exposed to jazz through a friend's ECM collection. And I still love Ralph Towner!

    I met Bill MacKay when he toured the UK last year with Ryley Walker.

    The best show I ever attended was at Ronnie Scott's many years ago. A surprise leaving do for my then publisher, Jack Hutton,
    who was invited on stage to blow with the house band.

    The first jazz record I bought was probably by Ralph Towner, or someone else on ECM.

    Published on: 2017-11-10
    View PSYCHAUDIO's All About Jazz profile

    Jazz is open waters... When you jump in, you find yourself immediately in to the vast complexity or simplicity of the reflections of
    your consciousness and the consciousness of the others who are also in the water flowing and floating around... If you are lucky
    enough to start understanding the freedom of expression and freedom of transforming your thoughts, emotions or experiences,
    you will find yourself dancing on a wild wave or floating on a silent river peacefully, enjoying the moment you are in and
    interacting with your surroundings. There you are, you find yourself in the open waters... Enjoy and improvise...

    Published on: 2017-11-09
    View Peter Rubie's All About Jazz profile

    The first jazz record I bought was Joe Pass's For Django. I sat next to my little suitcase record player and played that record over
    and over again all afternoon, just mesmerized. I had never heard the guitar played like that before. I was 14 and knew then that
    was how I wanted to play the guitar.

    Published on: 2017-11-08
    View John Merritt's All About Jazz profile

    I was first exposed to jazz when I was about 12 or 13. It was winter and the radio in the kitchen was playing BBC Radio 4.
    Ramsey Lewis was being interviewed to promote his Time Flies record. I caught about ten seconds of The In Crowd and I was
    hooked. I called the BBC and spent half an hour trying to figure out the name of the album, and my parents ordered the CD
    especially for me that Christmas. As a failing/very aspirational pianist, listening to him was really inspirational. He did these crazy
    improvisations over Bach tunes, as well as tight-as-heck R&B grooves. I went on and discovered Dave Brubeck, Bill Evans, Herbie
    Hancock, Oscar Peterson, Kenny Barron--the start of a never-ending rabbit hole!

    Published on: 2017-11-07
    View Charlie Watkins's All About Jazz profile

    There is something inherently exciting in jazz music, that you rarely find in any other music form. The constant striving for
    reinvention and originality constantly brings fresh ideas to the ever changing jazz scene. It's a great scene to be a part of!

    For some time now I've had a particular interest in the use of clarinet in jazz. I played clarinet before I was ever really into jazz,
    but now I focus my time on studying the instrument within a jazz context, and investigating how to push the boundaries of its

    Published on: 2017-11-06
    View Mauro Bellotto's All About Jazz profile

    I met Oscar Peterson and his family
    when he was Chanselor of York
    University; he signed my degree. I
    shook his hand and was honoured
    that he came out to see us play.

    Published on: 2017-11-05
    View Eric Thiessen's All About Jazz profile

    I was first exposed to jazz by checking John Coltrane's Giant Steps out of the public library back in 1968 when I was eleven.

    Published on: 2017-11-04

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