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2006 could very well have been All About Jazz's best year yet in terms of new developments. MY AAJ and regional calendar of events were launched in July and we've been actively building "MY" memberships and spreading the word about the calendar ever since. We also topped one million monthly readers for the first time (in November), we're rapidly approaching one million MP3 downloads, and we added Chris May and Samuel Chell to our editorial staff.
That's the year in review and the year ahead in a nutshell; now onto the music...
I featured nearly 150 publisher's picks this year and highlighted the top 30 belowthey represent the most memorable in my 2006 listening experience.
I love jazz because it is a pure American music and can be expressed in different ways depending upon the artist.
I was first exposed to jazz while as a teenager I listened to Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Louis Armstrong, on a jazz
radio station in New York City.