Hrayr is the armchair jazz listener par exellence.
I was born in Lebanon and grew up with jazz music in the house
because my father was a great jazz enthusiast. I have been listening to
jazz since I was a child and I have become a self-taught aficionado. I
have listened to over 3000 jazz recordings and read about 70 critical
works on jazz. I continue to expand my musical horizons by catching
live shows and expanding my personal music library. Since moving to
the US in 92 I have lived in different parts of the country. I currently am
a practicing neurologist and live in Chicago with my wife, our parrots and
our cats. I also review for the "Chicago Jazz Magazine" and "Jazziz"
magazine. I am a member of the Jazz
My Jazz Story
I love jazz because of the spontaneity involved in its creation, the freedom in its expression and its colorful history.
I was first exposed to jazz when my father played Charles Mingus' "Roots and Blues" for me I met James Moody in St Louis in
The best show I ever attended was the McCoy Tyner trio with Charnett Moffett and Eric Gravatt in Burlington on June 11th
The first jazz record I bought was Tijuana Moods by Charles Mingus.
My advice to new listeners is to sample a few different genres of jazz and listen to each record carefully rather than just having
it play in the background.
- John Coltrane - Blue Train
- Horace Silver - Song For My Father
- Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
- David Murray - Ming
- Ornette Coleman - The Shape of Jazz to Come
- Jackie McLean - Let Freedom Ring
- Eva Cassidy - Live at the Blues Alley
- Ray Charles - Birth of Soul
- Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced?
- John Lee Hooker - The Very Best of John Lee Hooker
- Henryk Gorecki - Symphony 3 "Sorrowful Songs"