My Jazz Story
My name is Joe Goehle. I am originally from Buffalo, NY and I have
recently moved to New York City to pursue a Master's degree in Jazz
Performance from NYU. The bass is what I use to express myself in the
medium of jazz.
I love jazz because it is a challenge, yet it is a completely natural
impulse. Listening to jazz is challenging, yet freeing. Practicing
jazz is challenging, yet rewarding. Performing improvised music is, to
me, a completely authentic connection between human life and I strive
to make that connection as much as possible.
I have a deep hunger to listen and absorb as much as possible. I love
to learn and I love being turned on to musicians I have never heard
of. I love laying on a hard wood floor with headphones on and
imagining a recorded performance. I love singing along with the greats
and trying to challenge them during improvisations.
To answer at least one question: My advice to new listeners is not to
let the label of "Jazz" bog you down. "Jazz" is a subset; it falls
under "Improvised Music." "Improvised Music" falls under the label
"Music." I could keep listing the labels, but eventually it would
reach some label of "Life," or perhaps, "Humanity." Never let a label
stop you from listening to something or keeping you ears open for
something that is not considered "Traditional." It's all good; it is
your job to find out what that good is for you.
- "The Big Beat" - Art Blakey and The Jazz Messengers
- "You Must Believe In Spring" - Bill Evans