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    View Ashleigh Smith's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because...jazz encompasses all. Jazz
    is freedom. It is the ultimate expressive musical
    conversation.

    I was first exposed to jazz as an infant. I grew
    up in a family of musicians. I first fell in love
    with jazz when listening to Ella Fitzgerald’s scat
    solo on “How High The Moon”.

    I met Dianne Reeves, Chaka
    Khan, Patti Labelle and more...

    The best show I ever attended was...I can’t pick
    a best. But, I can say that seeing Dianne Reeves
    live changed my life.

    The first jazz record I bought was Nancy
    Wilson and Cannonball Adderley.

    My advice to new listeners; Listen to
    it ALL. Listen to instrumentalist, vocalists, big
    bands, vocal groups.... just LISTEN.

    Published on: 2018-08-20
    View Stanley Sagov's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because it brings so many cultures together.

    Published on: 2018-08-19
    View Jay Sloat's All About Jazz profile

    I was first exposed to jazz through my father who played professionally and nurtured me into music at a young age and had me playing guitar with his quartet in my early teens.

    I switched to piano in my mid teens, and with a strong ear for music, managed to put myself through college playing and singing Jazz / Pop / Standards in the late '70s and early '80s in the Dallas, Texas area both as a solo performer as well as with groups.

    I have built and operated a number of recording studios and enjoy writing, recording, producing, and performing live.

    I also typically cover guitar and bass for my own projects.

    Published on: 2018-08-18
    View Jeremy Kennedy's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because when I was a kid pop music was bland, plain, uneventful until one day I heard a tune on a juke box entitled "Jump Red Jump" By Tenor Saxophonist Red Prysock brother of Arthur Prysock. It was love at first sight . This was when Blues, Soul / Gospel Style Music was becoming popular amongst kids as well as hip adults and featured Ray Charles, Big Joe Turner and The Payola era DJ's such as Alan Freed. Not many people remember that Freed's Rock n Roll Band of the 1950's was The Count Basie Orchestra featuring the Guy Singer Tony Bennett (Anthony DiBenedetto) who grew up in Astoria, NYNY right next to my Home Town Jackson Heights NYNY.

    I was first exposed to jazz when I heard Red Prysock, Sam The Man Taylor & groups like the "Chord Cats" recording of Shaboom! It made the Crew Cuts look LAME! Now Jazz, Blues, Soul, Gospel was pretty much joined at the hip back then and I learned that the tasteful Music was featured on The African American Radio Stations which led me to DJ's Like The Bruce, Jocko Henderson, Tommy Dr. Jive Smalls and eventually Symphony Sid Torin, China Valles and Len Pace. This all took place during my high school years and the following years in NYNY and South Florida. I actually flew to Copenhagen Denmark in 1961 to see Stan Getz, (One of my top 3 heroes in the Music Bird, Pres & Getz not necessarily in that order). Sadly Getz had already left town and snuck back into NYNY where he played Birdland (Undoubtedly without a cabaret card due to smack addiction.) No problem for me as I worked for Pan American Airways at the time and enjoyed a 90% Employee Discount.

    I met Thelonious Monk, Stan Kenton, Warne Marsh, Lenny Tristano, Art Farmer, Benny Golson, Frank Foster, Dr. Lonnie Smith, among many others over the years.

    The best show I ever attended was The Randall's Island Jazz Festival NYNY 1960. Monk & Edward Ellington Kennedy AKA Duke, starred among numerous others. I can not recall the entire Line Up but Monk brought along his Hat Collection which at the time contained I believe he told me 33 or 35 international Hats which he periodically changed often during his Solos. I have been unable to find that roster for that particular festival and since it was long ago I remember mostly Monk & Duke. Paul Gonsalvas played his legendary trademark twenty something chorus solo in between "Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue" which was outstanding.

    The first jazz record I bought was Firstly, my Bro George was / is a Marine and he sent home his wax collection of LP's from Camp Pendleton CA before deploying to Okinawa in 1956 I think. Bird, Getz, Mulligan & Baker, Erroll Garner, Blakey's Jazz Messengers, Jazz at Newport 1956 and many more. I fell in love with Bird, Getz and Jeru & Chet for openers. Pres to my mind takes the all time Tenor Award and Budo, Piano etc.! However I digress Getz Long Island Sound and every other Getz record that I could find that was 1957 by then and I snuck in to Birdland for the First of many times before I was 18 ( Legal drinking age back then) It wasn't until just after my 18th Birthday that I was carded much to the bouncers chagrin as he recognized me as having being an established customer by then.

    My advice to new listeners: Listen to the Music and keep it in the forefront not the background. A Local Band Leader whose name escapes me once said to me Jerry you can make time for the chicks later the Music is in the now and is more important than chicks ever will be. He was correct!

    Next see live performances and introduce yourself to the Players most of whom will be respectful. Some, however, are unapproachable such as when I saw Miles so many times but his obvious disdain for certain fans was evident and he always walked off the stage after soloing. (Eddie Jefferson sang words to "So What" that so indicated this)!

    Published on: 2018-08-15
    View Jorge Retamoza's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because is intense, human, creative.

    I was first exposed to jazz by Bitches Brew a Miles Davis record.

    The best show I ever attended was Michael Brecker Quartet with Joey Calderazzo, James Genus and Jeff "Tain" Watts at Punta del Este Jazz Festival.

    The first jazz record I bought was Heavy Weather by Weather Report.

    Published on: 2018-08-14
    View Fran Hartshorn's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because the sound always puts a smile on my face. I love to sing jazz, swing and blues, more than any other styles. It just fills me up with so much joy.

    My first memory of exposure to jazz was the movie "The Cotton Club". That may seem corny, but there was a scene in that movie where a beautiful woman is singing the song "Ill Wind" by Harold Arlen, and that right there is what made me want to become a jazz singer. There was something about it that made a big impression. Perhaps it had to do with the history.

    The best show I ever attended was Ella Fitzgerald at Radio City Music Hall in 1991. That was my first jazz concert. I feel so lucky to have gotten to hear her live.

    The first jazz record I bought was "For the Love of Ella Fitzgerald". I listened to it so many times. You can't be sad listening to that lovely lady sing. She had so much class in everything she sang.

    Published on: 2018-08-11
    View Maurice Hogue's All About Jazz profile

    One good thing about those cold Canadian nights and the flat topography of the center of the continent was the ability to find radio stations playing great
    music. The blues caught my attention via KTHS Little Rock Arkansas radio DJ Frank "Gatemouth" Page. Jazz was coming through from WGN Chicago and
    stations in Omaha and St. Louis. From there I started checking out the great singers like Billie and Ella and Eckstine which led to curiosity about the
    musicians playing with those singers. And a whole lot of musicians since!

    My passion for playing music that's outside the mainstream and global comes from a desire to see beyond the expected and traditional, sort of like
    the rest of my life.

    Published on: 2018-08-09
    View Jürg Solothurnmann's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because it's the most dynamic and open music--a splendid marriage of emotion, intellect and spirituality--featuring personality, originality AND the spontaneous self-organisation and integration into a group.

    I was first exposed to jazz when I was a boy. My parents who loved social dances played shellacks of Ellington and other swing musicians.

    In the course of decades, I met musicians from around the world, more than I could recount. We are a big family and find "relatives" wherever we go.

    The best shows I ever attended were perhaps by the Art Ensemble of Chicago in the early 1970s.

    The first jazz record I bought was an EP with Ellingtons band around 1940.

    My advice to new listeners: Don't make jazz a religion or a cult of certain "stars". Everybody is best at something, Niels-Henning Pedersen once told me, and it's very stimulating to check and discover. You understand much better when you expose yourself to live music and are a part of the moment of creation. Enjoy the beauty of the moment but then let it go. Jazz is in constant flow and it's rather the live process which counts not the result. Recordings are useful--but also just a snapshot of a "frozen" past moment. At the beginning (when I had little money), I bought only one LP from each group and went on to discover others.

    Published on: 2018-08-07
    View Ally Fiola's All About Jazz profile

    The best show I ever attended was the Mingus big band at the Jazz Standard in NYC (2015). It was incredible to witness the music I love in person, played by people who played
    with Charles Mingus. Sue Mingus was in the audience to boot! It was a very lively and intimate show, and I'm not embarrassed to say that I may have shed a tear.

    Published on: 2018-08-05
    View David Ness's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because of the freedom.

    I was first exposed to jazz by my father who brought me to a Charlie Byrd concert.

    I met Charlie Byrd.

    The best show I ever attended was Pat Metheny.

    The first jazz record I bought was Wes Montgomery "Willow Weep for Me."

    My advice to new listeners is to keep an open mind and explore many artists.

    Published on: 2018-08-04
    View Joe Knipes's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because it touches the soul.

    I was first exposed to jazz through PBS, and Billy Taylor on CBS Sunday Morning.

    I met Herbie Hancock.

    The first jazz record I bought was Milestones by Miles Davis.

    My advice to new listeners… Find a recording you like, then look for others featuring each of the musicians on the record.

    Published on: 2018-08-01
    View Todd S. Jenkins's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because I have been immersed in it my whole life. My father was the drummer in an Atlanta swing band when I was a kid, so I was around everything from Woody to Dorsey to Dizzy
    early on. I continued listening to jazz into the 1980s and beyond because no other music spoke to me in that way.

    Published on: 2018-07-30
    View Cliff Bryant's All About Jazz profile

    I am trying to learn jazz piano. I studied classical piano as an adult for 9 years. During and since that time, I took a couple of runs at trying to learn jazz. I
    even spent a year trying to learn jazz on the trumpet. Recently, I've been enrolled in the online course, "The Blues: Understanding and Performing the
    American Art Form," offered on the Coursera website. This course opened my eyes. Suddenly everything, so far, made sense. Previously, I had no structure or
    framework from or on which to improvise. Professor Terefenko takes you through jazz theory as well as performance aspects in this course. I like jazz and this
    course because the subject and approach are more cerebral, and I'm an analytical type.

    Published on: 2018-07-26
    View Colin May's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because it constantly surprises.

    I was first exposed to jazz listening to a Lester Young album my father played and I still have.

    I met Norwegian trumpeter and sound artist Arve Henriksen.

    The best show I ever attended was the Ice Music Festival in Geilo, Norway, which I went to in 2016 because it was such an 'other' experience.

    The first jazz record I bought was Miles Davis "In a Silent Way."

    My advice to new listeners wanting to get an idea of the range of music that now flies under the jazz banner is to seek out BBC radio's coverage of jazz: four programmes regularly on BBC Radio3 plus Jamie Cullum's show on BBC Radio 2.

    Published on: 2018-07-23