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What's the best way to introduce someone to Jazz?

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Date: 22-Dec-1998 11:24:01
From: Brian White ( )
I agree with many of the views expressed, have to want to be interested,jazz has to reach you at the right time in your life.For me it came gradually after years of Yes,Zeppelin,James Taylor,Paul Simon etc.I heard (inevitably!) "Kind Of Blue"—it was the hippest,most elegant album.Then Metheny's "The Pat Metheny Group" album with the beautiful "San Lorenzo,"wonderful Jack Teagarden's "This is Serious,"and on,and on.If you have a musical bone in your body,how can you resist Ellington ? or Basie ?.Try Monty Alexander's "Echoes of Jilly's" to see that the classic elegance of jazz is alive and swingin.' Be careful out there...Regards to all.

Date: 25-Dec-1998 04:12:33
From: Ian Gray ( )
I think you have to be ready to receive jazz in your life, no matter how old you are or what your musical interests are/have been.

Possibly ten years ago, I was exposed to Miles Davis/John Coltrane/Thelonious Monk and I bought some CD's of theirs, knowing that they were the right things to start with, but not yet being ready to listen/understand, other than as a long-term rock/new-wave music lover.

I listened with too narrow a mind, and lived with these CD's in my collection without really appreciating them until recently.

I still don't think I know how to listen yet, I don't really understand improvisation as a musician, when as a listener I have sought to understand and verbalise the feeling of the music.

Yet, right now in the development of music, I am seeking stimulation and not really finding it outside jazz from 40 years ago, ironically around about midnight on the date of my conception.

I have not given up on rock, but jazz is exciting me like no other music. It's not fair to compare the history of jazz to this year's model of rock, but we owe it to jazz to listen to it with an open mind now.

I guess my message is, even if you didn't relate to it when you first heard it, it might become relevant/important/stimulating later on. So hang in there and enjoy.

Date: 28-Dec-1998 04:04:07
From: marco ( )
Forget it!!! ive been trying for years and failed!!! Either you have jazz in your blood or you dont... Jazz is a self discovery process!

Date: 05-Feb-1999 00:43:13
From: nate dog
I love jazz, because everyone can do thier own solos and just JAM! The world would be a better place if everyone just smoked bud and play good music

Date: 24-Mar-1999 12:03:05
From: Mark Perrins
I agree with Marco (maybe its the name?) "Forget it!!! ive been trying for years and failed!!! Either you have jazz in your blood or you dont... Jazz is a self discovery process!"

Date: 24-Mar-1999 12:09:44
From: Mark Perrins
I agree with Marco (maybe its because of the name?) "Forget it!!! ive been trying for years and failed!!! Either you have jazz in your blood or you dont... Jazz is a self discovery process!" Jazz is a self discovery process, partly because Jazz is so varied, from Dixie to Freeform to Fusion to Muzak to Modern Acoustic Purists, you may love one form and hate another. I got into Jazz through Weather report and quite a few friends had the Heavy Weather album without considering themselves 'jazz fans.' From Weather Report I checked out the Miles Davis band that Zawinul and Shorter came from then got into other ex-Davis band members like Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock and Keith Jarret. Much of the mdern Electric jazz is easier for those not used to jazz to appreciate then Hard Bop or even Swing.

Date: 10-Apr-1999 11:16:20
From: teo
why does jazz is so spectacular and romantic? Someone is able to answer this question?

Date: 16-Apr-1999 02:52:09
From: Pat Garvey ( )
I was lucky (didn't know it at the time!). When I was a kid, my mum played piano in pub jazz bands, and my dad was a good quality amateur. So I spent great times as a kid in the beergardens of old pubs.

Our parties were always on Sunday nights (the only night everyone had free!) and they always turned into jam sessions.

So I just thought having music in your life was what life was!

The way my parents judged whether somebody was an idiot, was if they clapped on the on or off beat!

Then as a teenager I had muso boyfriends—again spent a lot of time listening to all kinds of stuff and loving it.

I guess if I was trying to introduce someone to jazz, I'd take them to festivals and let them just find out for themselves what appealed to them, and they can take it from there.

If they don't love it, no worries—what can you do—beat them over the head with a lump of 4x2?


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