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Eddie Becton

Eddie taught jazz history at Loyola Marymount University and was the producer/host of The Jazz Journey, a weekly radio/internet program on KXLU 88.9FM Los Angeles

My Jazz Story

I was first exposed to jazz as a baby. When I was a child, my parents regularly played classic jazz, i.e., Fitzgerald, Hawkins, Holiday, Davis, Coltrane, Monk, Montgomery, Silver, etc. I vividly remember sitting in front of the stereo as a kid, rocking back and forth to jazz, so the music is embedded in me. As a life-long jazz lover, I eventually became a jazz educator and producer/host of a very popular jazz radio program in Los Angeles, California. I love jazz because it is so free. I can think, feel, and dream to jazz, and it allows my mind to flow and expand, musically and otherwise. I also love jazz because it, much like other forms of music, allows opportunities to bring people from all walks of life together. What makes jazz more significant to me, though, is its historical significance; that is, how jazz served, in part, as a method of bringing communities together, a cultural/social/spiritual conduit.

My Favorites

  1. Miles Davis - Kind of Blue
  2. Miles Davis - Jack Johnson
  3. Chico Hamilton - El Chico
  4. Herbie Hancock - Chameleon
  5. Herbie Hancock - Thrust
  6. Pat Metheny - Offramp
  7. Pat Metheny - Travels Live
  8. Wes Montgomery - A Day in the Life
  9. Lee Morgan - Search for the New Land
  10. Parliament - Live P-Funk Earth Tour
  11. Jaco Pastorius - Word of Mouth
  12. Pharoah Sanders - Karma
  13. Wayne Shorter - Speak No Evil
  14. Kazumi Watanabe - Mobo II
  15. Weather Report - Procession