I love jazz for it's sense of freedom. Many great musicians play the many great
standards and you can hear the uniqueness of each individual performer in the moment!
There isn't a genre to my knowledge that has that power.
I was first exposed to jazz by my high school girlfriend's father. On the one hand he was the school's Vice Principal, on the other
he was a big Miles Davis fan. He gave me my first jazz record, Miles at the Blackhawk.