My Jazz Story
I love jazz because it actually pays the rent (something many have told me is impossible).
I was first exposed to jazz by my father (a B3 player)
I met Eddie Bo and Max Roach. Was lucky enough to hang out with Eddie for a time. He taught me the true New Orleans Style Piano Left Hand. It cannot be notated.
The best show I ever attended was Cassandra Wilson NOLA JazzFest in 1999, Count Basie Orchestra (my first jazz concert at age 13 with my Dad), so many Astral Project shows at Snug Harbor/Funky Butt, Cecil Taylor, Brubeck, so many more... the most FUN show would always end up being Kermit Ruffins with ReBirth Brass Band as a very close second (if not tied with Kermit).
The first jazz record I bought was Cannonball & Coltrane (it has since been retitled Something Else).
My advice to new listeners is always rediscover.