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Sacha O'Grady

I am merely someone who is passionate about music, which in my mind remains one of the greatest creations ever achieved by humans.

About Me

Jazz to me is not just music, it is an art form. From the emotional intimacy of Billie Holiday, the concentrated intensity of Charlie Parker, or the commanding texture of a Miles Davis trumpet solo, Jazz comes not only from the soul, but speaks to one’s soul, in a way which cannot be defined by any normal laws of nature. These are the elements and qualities which originally drew me to it, and continue to do so to this day. Because Jazz takes me on an unexpected journey every time, which explains my fascination and addiction this side of cosmology. It has taught me much over the years, and for that I am eternally grateful.

My Jazz Story

I love jazz because it opens the mind and soul to new possibilities of expression. Words and film are one thing, but there is no substitute when it comes to music. Many jazz players strive to find a sound that is unique to themselves, and it is the sense of individuality flowing through every single note which was what attracted me to it. Jazz is like a free spirit, often surprising, and rarely disappointing. As the great Miles Davis said: "The history of jazz can be told in five words: Louis Armstrong and Charlie Parker." In other words jazz at its best can be both a spiritual and liberating art form.

My Favorites

  1. Miles Davis - In A Silent Way
  2. Jimi Hendrix - Electric Ladyland
  3. Willie Dixon - The Chess Box