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

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Date: 27-Jul-2000 01:33:49
From: Marc
I agree with what many people have already written. It depends on "who." Jazz is such a melting pot of music, you have to know who the intended listener is & what they want to hear. That's the thing about jazz... there is something that someone has done that someone will like. President Linclon has been quoted as saying "you can please some of the people all of the time... ect." Jazz can please all the people all the time. Maybe not one particular group or artist, but the genre as a whole. The "music industry" likes to pigeon-hole things... It makes it easier to keep the money-books straight, I guess. Any "heady" music that can't necessarily be marketed as mainstream or whatever gets dubbed "jazz." It's just people (musicians) expressing in the voices that they've been given. I'm not complaining, mind you. It makes it easier to find some of the stuff I want to hear... just go into the music store & head for the jazz section.


Date: 15-Aug-2000 01:45:00
From: Jazzbro ( jazzbro@americamail.com )
My mom loved Nat King Cole and My dad introduced my ears to Louis Armstrong. That was all I needed to be hooked. Nuff said.


Date: 25-Aug-2000 20:22:24
From: Stu Simpson! ( nsimpson@vtown.com.au )
Jazz is no Joke!


Date: 26-Aug-2000 19:43:46
From: Simpson Stu!
Azz is no hoke!


Date: 31-Aug-2000 14:44:15
From: jesarp ( jesarp@yahoo.com )
Just recently have been paying more attention to jazz—always liked Etta James, Nina Simone and Teena Marie, now I just "found" Diana Krall, Freak Power, Benita Hill, and Tuck and Patti can anyone sugest more music like the latter. I am getting frustrated downloading things I'm not dead over. Thanks.


Date: 05-Sep-2000 11:51:34
From: JC ( jranger9@hotmail.com )
I do not have a penis, but have been raised with jazz, and am a AAJ major at UMass Amherst in my 5th year. As far as women in jazz, I am the only female out of twenty men in my classes, this is of course intimidating. Being a vocalist doesn't help either when seeking respect. If your'e a grrrl, stick with it and eventually we won't be in the minority as players or listeners. PLus, anything that won't kill you, only makes you stronger. The albums that have worked for my non-jazz friends are (as some previously mentioned): Kind of Blue Chet Baker Sings Bridges of Madison County Soundtrack(with Irene Krall,mmm) Getz/Gilberto Next Stop Wonderland Soundtrack (for Bossa)

To ease into jazz, try some Joni Mitchell, good hiphop like The Roots, Common, Digable PLanets, or Jazzmatazz. Bach can be either a start or an end point for jazz fans. Also The Cowboy Junkies (Trinity Session or Whites off Earth NOw) have that intimacy that gets one ready for the intimacy of the trio or Quartet. Or the Man Himself , James Brown, to get used to a real jam session. If you're ready for jazz and you want it bad, listen to it over and over again, hundreds of times, and eventually it will just click.

I have to say that one of my favorite and challenging albums in the last five years has been Brad Melhdau, Back at/(to?) the Vanguard. Holy shit, there is some absolutely mind-blowing talent on that album, and every track gets you off.

P.S. All players, take it easy on the singers. We know our stuff. And we're people too. JC in Bosstown




Date: 08-Sep-2000 09:43:20
From: fabrizio ( fabvigni@hotmail.com )
I think "Kind of Blue"is not a staring point.Better start with some good be-bop like Sonny Stitt or Dexter Gordon just to mention two.In my opinion the firs basic element in jazz is SWING,which you don't find much in post-bop productions.Neophites will understand the "spirit of jazz" by listening to Getz, Stitt, Gordon, Parker.... Too often post-bop/modern jazz is a sort of cerebral thing, lacking the real spirit that has kept this music alive until today. How many media-darlings will be known 20 years from now? So.... DON'T FORGET SWING!!!


Date: 09-Sep-2000 00:06:35
From: Aldo
JC: why aren't women more involved in serious music? I have a friend who manages a good CD store (jazz & classical music mostly) and he says that if the store was dependent on sales to women the place would quickly fold. This isn't just addressed to JC but to anyone who would like to respond.


Date: 09-Sep-2000 00:09:45
From: Sam
Hey,JC, like did your penis fall off?


Date: 11-Oct-2000 21:07:46
From: justin ( tapp_tapp2000@hotmail.com )
JAZ SUCKS HEAVY METAL IS THE BEST.


Date: 18-Oct-2000 20:55:20
From: Kiersten ( charestk@norwich.edu )
Does anyone know any information on Orenette Coleman? It is for my Architecture studio project. Any help would be great. I am looking for information about why she/he is an idol for Thomas Grunfeld. He has a really great exhibit at MassMocha in new aadams mass that I visited recently. Any informtion would be helpfull though! Thanks Kiersten


Date: 06-Nov-2000 21:44:04
From: Henry Gilbert ( www.n.h.s.com )
I am intreasted in the drum technec used in harcore Jazz


Date: 10-Nov-2000 20:41:26
From: Wendell Wilkie
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