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

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Date: 01-Feb-2001 12:46:14
From: william r. smith ( william.smith@compaq.com )
i would sit them down, pour them a snifter of remy and play for this the following albums(cds):

miles davis "kinda blue" johhny hartman and john coltrane sarah vaughan "crazy and mixed up" donald bryd "cristo rendemptor" "louis armstrong meets oscar peterson" modern jazz quartet "final album"


Date: 01-Feb-2001 17:19:01
From: Richard Harper ( Richard.harper@compaq.com )
Is listening to the 'best' albums the best way introduce someone to jazz? Jazz has so many muscial styles, forms and settings, is cherry picking best from each (form) the ideal way to go about this?

I followed two approaches, and I found it very successful in appreciating all jazz forms. I found I don't like male vocalist messing up my jazz, but hey (it's my failing).

1. Find popular tunes. Jazz version of pop R&B or beats I could related to. I cut my teeth on Mile's Tutu album. I now own over 70 of Mile's albums. I don't like Aura (but hey that me). And yes Tutu doesn't really rate (anymore).

2. I bought three jazz sampler cd's from three different but labels. I develop my "I liked this but I didn't like this" list. Then went I looked for the albums they were cut from. This was the ideal way (for me) to get away from only buying the "great masters."

So while I love the albums being suggested, and I have most of them in my library now, AND, I can appreciate them all (Now!). I don't think when I started out listening to Kind of Blue or A Love Supreme would have won me over to the jazz side. It would have re-enforced that I didn't get jazz.

There's a learning curve.


Date: 01-Feb-2001 20:17:17
From: Eric ( mason.18@nd.edu )
Disgusted with post-1980s pop but with interest in Mary Chapin Carpenter and classical, I got into jazz a couple of summers ago on a whim. Our local newspaper ran a story in the religion section about Duke Ellington's sacred concerts and their rerelease for the Ellington centennial. About the same time I wasted some time at Borders while my wife was hosting a reading group at our apartment. I picked up a couple of Priceless Jazz samplers cheap and was interested, so I started checking the internet to see what to try next. I picked up the sampler of the RCA Ellington set, then found that my CD club had several of the CD's most often recommended on the internet, including Miles' "Kind of Blue" and Coltrane's "Giant Steps," "My Favorite Things," and "Blue Trane." Soon I added "A Love Supreme" and Ellington's "Live at Newport." I've found that I most enjoy things recorded between 1955 and 1965. Recent favorites include Ella's "Mack the Knife" live album, Brubeck's "Take Five," and Ellington/Roach/Mingus's "Money Jungle." Of these, I'd offer any to a newcomer to jazz (but would be careful that they not get intimidated by "Giant Steps" or "Money Jungle").


Date: 19-Feb-2001 18:16:32
From: David ( David564@hotmail.com )
Hi, im just getting jazz(im only 12) and i completey relate to the man's 12 year old son. I was obsessed with Green Day before Jazz came to me. What got me into jazz was ken burns, specifically best of ken burns. I know it isnt very original or cool, but it got me started. (The Mooche by the Duke still gives me chills.) Then i listened to kindo of blue and went on from there. Charlie Parker, Dzzy, etc. Then, i was "unhooked" for reasons i couldnt explain. I got into pearl jam. Then, i listened to Bobby McFerrin's "Thinkin about your body" and was back in. Hey, im still getting started with this wide world of jazz but that was the very beginning of it.

PS- In case anyone was wondering, these are my top 5 fave jazz compositions SO FAR!

1. The Mooche- Duke (Baby Cox is incredible here!) 2. Soy Califa- Dexter Gordon (Man, that song is catchy!) 3. Oh lady be good- Tie between the versions by Ella Fitzgerald and Benny Goodman 4. Dead Man's Blues—Jelly Roll Morton (The best ny one of the first, if not THE first.) 5. Take the A train- Lincoln Centre Jazz Orchestra (Swing is still alive and well!)


Date: 23-Feb-2001 16:31:14
From: Praveen Nair ( praveennair1@yahoo.com )
I guess I am part of the "getting into jazz" club. I got started with Sade, Steely Dan, Simply Red, Sting. I really dig Stan Getz and whatever little Brazilian jazz I have heard (Jobim et al). I'd appreciate any suggestions on artists and bands. It's easy to figure out that I love melodic, smooth sax or piano-based jazz(not much of a big-band guy) as well as funky, groovy rock jazz fusion.

Thanks




Date: 27-Feb-2001 09:04:37
From: KLW ( spud@midwest.net )
This is not on subject, but will try anyway. Am looking for VHS copy of PBS program "Swingin' With Duke...."Wynton Marsallis with Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra. Not available thru PBS...so, if ANYONE has taped this show, i desperately need copy. Will pay all expenses. Please reply ASAP to above address.

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