I personally feel that 'exotic', is in several ways, a Euro or American-centric term. To me, 'Jazz' or Classical music is as exotic or unexotic as Carnatic music or Zulu music or anything else, depending on which side of the street you're on.
I love jazz because is about creation.
I was first exposed to jazz when a was a kid.
The best show I ever attended was Pat Metheny Trio in Puerto Rico /
The first jazz-fusion record I bought was Return to Forever.