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    View Nico Kanakaris's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because it is the natural progress after you have enjoyed pop, soul and blues.

    I was first exposed to jazz through Keith Emerson intense solos in his 1974 live album "Welcome Back My Friends" with Emerson Lake & Palmer.

    I met Toots Thielemans.

    My advice to new listeners is don't force jazz--choose the style you can listen to easily first.

    Published on: 2018-04-13
    View Jay Rodriguez's All About Jazz profile

    I was surrounded by music from my birth. First it was the music of life, then it was the life in music, and now, it is the music of life and the life in music all at once I am so grateful for that.

    Published on: 2018-04-12
    View Robert Joseph Greene's All About Jazz profile

    I grew up with Jazz because I come from a family of musicians.

    Published on: 2018-04-11
    View Muriel Grossmann's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because of swing, blues and melodies and the endless possibility of improvisation.

    Published on: 2018-04-08
    View Gaby Ruiz's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because it's the mix of rhythms and feelings at the same time, high and low, sweet and vibrant.

    I was first exposed to jazz when i was teenager at a jazz concert.


    The best show I ever attended was Herbie Hancock some years ago and The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by Wynton
    Marsalis at Bellas Artes Palace in México.

    The first jazz record I bought was The Best of Chick Corea.

    My advice to new listeners: open your mind, your heart and receive the feelings you will experience.

    Published on: 2018-04-07
    View Emy Tseng's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because it's creative and spontaneous.

    Hearing Paula Morelenbaum on the album Casa made me want to sing bossa nova.

    Published on: 2018-04-06
    View Damilare Akinwale's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because it takes you out of the box and gives you life through its rhythm.

    Published on: 2018-04-03
    View April Mae's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because it soothes my soul and celebrates life.

    I was first exposed to jazz by my father, smoothly punctuating notes floating all over his electric guitar improvising, in total bliss.

    I met Frank Tiberi--my step-grandfather--and learned about Woody Herman, touring life, and how much I don't know about jazz.

    The best show I ever attended was Pete Seeger concerts and song circles, Mardi Gras Brass Bands parading through New Orleans, the Dempseys of Beale Street in Memphis, and there are more, so many more.

    The first jazz record I bought was by Ella Fitzgerald.

    My advice to new listeners: keep an open mind and don't be limited by or to the music of your generation or decade. Roots BABY Roots!

    Published on: 2018-04-02
    View Judy Niemack's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because it's both a musical and spiritual path. I am a jazz vocalist, composer and lyricist, who has spent 47 of my 64 years on the earth singing,
    performing, learning and teaching new generations of jazz vocalists. Jazz is a music of controlled spontaneity, interaction, reaction and community. Emotional
    honesty is required, and there's an opportunity to use the highest level of musical and performance skills. To create jazz with other musicians at one's own level
    can be a cathartic, joyful, exciting, and transcendent experience. And that's what I am going for every time I sing...

    Published on: 2018-04-01
    View Blaise Lantana's All About Jazz profile

    I love jazz because it includes the most creative and informed musicians in the world.

    I was first exposed to jazz in high school in jazz band.

    I have met and interviewed many of the world's finest jazz players and singers. They are the hardest working, most humble musicians with a great sense of
    humor.

    The best show I ever attended was Herbie Hancock and Michael Brecker with The New Standard.

    The first jazz record I bought was Billie Holiday.

    My advice to new listeners try the variety of Jazz, don't get stuck in one style, even if you love it. You may find something else you love just as much...

    Published on: 2018-03-31
    View Jacqueline Tabor's All About Jazz profile

    Seattle Chanteuse, Jacqueline Tabor is an award-winning vocalist who lives and performs in the Pacific Northwest. This sultry alto has a voice that contains style, passion, and sophistication. Expressive in her approach to a jazz standard, she creates a memorable moment, lures you in, and leaves you
    wanting more.
    A native of Bellevue, Washington, Tabor graduated from Sammamish High School where she studied music under Jack Halm, a great jazz professor in his own right, who taught in the Bellevue School District and at Seattle Pacific University. Tabor went on to study Music and History at Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where she developed a deep understanding of the blues and the origins of jazz music. After taking a break from singing to focus on raising her children, Tabor returned to her hometown of Seattle in 2003. Once reacquainted with the beautiful Emerald City, she began performing more seriously in various clubs and competitions.
    In 2004, Tabor worked with accomplished vocalist and Cornish College instructor, Andrienne Wilson. This chance encounter guided her to obtain the skills, techniques, and confidence to seek out an official jazz band for performances and in March 2005, Tabor began her stint with the Black Lab Trio as lead vocalist. This band recognized her talent and allowed her to cultivate a vocal jazz style of her own. In early 2011, while contemplating and envisioning her own progression as a jazz artist, Tabor decided to pursue a solo career and The Jacqueline Tabor Jazz Band was born. This band is the culmination of Tabor’s personal jazz journey, fantastic musicians, diligence, and good old fashioned hard work. Tabor’s jazz band is also inspired by one of her family members – her godmother, the late, great Edmonia Jarrett. Jarrett was a notable jazz singer whose amazing career and journey of perseverance highly impacted and influenced Tabor, and continues to inspire her to this day. On March 21, 2011 at Dimitriou’s Jazz Alley, Tabor was chosen as the seventh annual Seattle-Kobe Female Jazz Vocalist, an honor bestowed on her by the Seattle-Kobe Sister City Association. Tabor was granted the opportunity to travel and perform in Kobe, Japan at Asahi Hall. This journey was invaluable to Tabor’s career and her life. Inspired by her experience in Japan, Tabor released her debut album What a Wonderful World (2011). Tabor received Earshot Jazz’s Golden Ear Award for NW Vocalist of the Year. Her second album The Jazz in You (2012) was recorded live by KNKX Jim Wilke at the Seattle Jazz Vespers in 2014. This project received national acclaim and exposure
    to the airways. The Lady in the Gown project has fifteen jazz tunes including one original title track. The name was inspired by the NPR/KNKX interview from 2016 where she was then to be labeled the Lady in the Gown. Tabor was looking for a fresh sound and decided to collaborate with the wonderful 200 Trio. Max Holmberg on drums is an inspiration to rhythm and brings a coolness and savvy more seasoned musicians yearn to obtain. Greg Feingold is a bass playing purist, meaning one who can play without electronic amplification. The strength of his strumming is tremendous and subtle at the same time. He commands the stage but allows all around him to shine. Cole Schuster is a beautiful guitarist who keeps a very “cool customer” look on his face while playing monster licks that move your heart and make your mind think. These men have really created a space for Tabor to broaden her song list with great support and respect. You can catch the Seattle Chanteuse and her group performing at standing gigs at Tula’s Jazz Club, The Sorrento Hotel and The Cottage.
    The Lady In the Gown will be released and heard for the first time live on KNKX June 5th, 2018 while being interviewed by Abe Beeson.

    Published on: 2018-03-29
    View Martin Allaire's All About Jazz profile

    Jazz was a music I encountered at home as a child.

    I recently found LPs from Thelonious Monk hidden between classical records of my
    father's collection.

    My wife and I have a love for jazz and are grateful to live in Montreal, home of a great
    jazz festival. We have seen many legends in concert, as well as young musicians. my
    most moving moment... Tom Harrell on his bugle, "When I Fall in Love." We also
    attended jazz shows in NYC and Chicago.

    We celebrated our 50th birthdays last year and were lucky to host a concert in our
    house with a band comprising J-P Zanella (saxophone), Pierre François (piano), Frédéric
    Allarie (bass) and Spiros Damianos (drums)... magic moment.

    Published on: 2018-03-28
    View Charles Groves's All About Jazz profile

    The first jazz record I bought was actually 4 CDs that I got at a Borders Bookstore. I had listened to jazz for years but had always bought mostly rock with a little blues and pop on the side. But this night I went over to the jazz section and picked out these four: Saxophone Colossus by Sonny Rollins, Portrait in Jazz by Bill Evans, All For You by Diana Krall, The Promise by John McLaughlin.

    I continued to shop at Borders but soon discovered the joy of reissued and remastered versions of my favorite albums / artist put out by special labels and now have two and three copies of some albums. In recent years I have mostly bought online. And I must confess that I now listen to a lot of streaming jazz on my iPhone.

    Published on: 2018-03-27
    View Tom Van Tassel's All About Jazz profile

    I was first exposed to jazz listening to my parent's record collection and after attending a "Battle of the Bands" concert at the end of sophomore year in high school. I was hooked. I pulled my dad's trombone out of the closet and became a fanatic which eventually allowed me to receive a scholarship to attend college. Although I changed my major from music to industrial engineering, I continued to play in the university jazz ensemble and helped pay my way through school by playing gigs on weekends. This continued on until my career with IBM took off and couldn't dedicate the time to playing. After retiring, I pulled the trombone out again and have been playing in a number of groups. During the past six years, I have been acting as president of the Austin Jazz Society. This organization is dedicated to promoting the jazz genre and local musicians. The membership organization continues to grow as does the interest in Jazz here in the Austin, TX area.

    Published on: 2018-03-26