My Jazz Story
I love jazz because...
it is the classical basis for all pop music
it is the medium whereby sound, personal experience, group
participation and creativity conjoin--
it is the perfect balance of structure and freedom
I was first exposed to jazz...
when my cousin, a teenage piano student, came back from her lesson
with her first "jazz" book. It had a picture of an older black
gentleman wearing some kind of official hat -- like a police hat or
military hat or something-- I think he was marching in a parade
She explained in her own words what jazz meant to her-- it sounded
very exciting. Then later when I was a student of clarinet it 6th
grade or so I brought home a bass clarinet to experiment with. I
recorded "When the Saints Come Marching In" on our old cassette deck
and add libbed fills with the Bb Clarient. The first time I was
really rivetted with the jazz experience was listening to a tenor
player, Paul Demarinis, who would become my teacher, with a
piano,drums and bass combo, at a local community college
The first jazz record I bought was... Bird Encores, Volume 2
My advice to new listeners...
keep listening...try to become as active a listener as you can