Teen disco sensation France Joli is now just entering her fifties. Causi reminisced about how his program director at WKTU ran into his studio, handed him a 12-inch remix version of the latest Joli single and ordered him to play it immediately. Causi said that as soon as it hit the airways, the station's "switchboard lit-up like a Christmas tree" with fans asking for it to be played over and over. The years have been kind to Joli's golden voice. As she belted out her three disco anthems ("Feel Like Dancing," "Heart To Break The Heart" And "Gonna Get Over You") to the enthusiastic audience. Disco Unlimited was brought back on stage to back Joli on her biggest hit "Come To Me" and virtually every woman in the crowd could be seen singing alongsome were even pantomiming and acting out the verses.
As the evening came to a close and its participants (both performers and concert-goers) were transported back to the present, they all seemed happy that they had the opportunity to return to that simpler time when (to them) all they really needed was some good friends, some good music and a beat that they could dance to. On this evening they had just that.
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good
I was first exposed to jazz when I discovered that one of Jimi Hendrix's influences was Wes Montgomery. I played guitar growing up and idolized Hendrix, so I knew that anyone he looked up to must be good. I was 16 at the time. I went to Tower Records and purchased a CD by Wes, and I was hooked from the very first ten seconds. The sound of the song Lolita illuminated my bedroom, as I just sat back amazed at how colorful and soulful this music was--I understood it, even though at the time I didn't understand how to go about playing it. I get chills listening to Wes' solo on Lolita, and I can still listen to that song ten times in a row and never get tired of it. There is a truly timeless quality to genuinely spontaneous jazz music, and it is that quality that has inspired me to devote my life to studying and playing this music.