My Jazz Story
I love jazz because...it engages the mind, heart and soul all at once. It's alive.
I was first exposed to jazz by a pianist I met at a summer job during college: Horace Silver, Brecker Brothers, Thelonius Monk.
I met Dexter Gordon, George Benson, James Moody, & Dave Brubeck.
The best show I ever attended was "Two Generations of Brubeck", April 1975, University of Missouri, Jesse Auditorium.
The first jazz record I bought was Stanley Turrentine, "Don't Mess with Mr. T". CTI.
My advice to new listeners is to use internet radio such as Pandora to gain exposure to different jazz styles & tastes. You'll be amazed.
- Art Blakey - Night At Birdland Vol. 1
- Joe Newman - At Count Basie's
- Dexter Gordon - Live at the Village Vanguard
- Grant Green - Grantstand
- Joe Pass - Virtuoso #1