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Liz says ...
Billie Holiday is my absolute favorite Jazz Singer. I am slowly but surely getting to know other Jazz greats via visiting website i.e. youtube and as I get older learn to appreciate what "real" music is all about.
05/30/2011 12:44:52 PM CDT
Lin says ...
Had the pleasure of seeing Dave Brubeck here in Jersey. He truely is a great artist and a pretty funny guy too!
05/30/2011 12:57:46 PM CDT
Tricia B says ...
I love to listen to middle and high school jazz combos! Young musicians mean that we are keeping the jazz playing for years to come!
05/30/2011 7:24:34 PM CDT
Deb keilen says ...
Seeing a free show years ago on a hot summer nite at penns landing on the delaware river with funky jazz guitarist John Scofield. magical!!
05/30/2011 10:16:00 PM CDT
Jackie Mimless says ...
My favorite live jazz performance was in New Orleans at Preservation Hall.
05/31/2011 10:23:50 AM CDT
ajw says ...
A few moons ago I couldn't find anyone to go to Chastain to see Nina Simone with me. It was a show I did not want to miss but couldn't really afford a ticket and certainly didn't want to attend solo. Figuring I technically wanted to hear, rather than "see" Miss Simone, I decided to picnic in the nearby park where I could listen in. In hindsight, I wish I'd saved my pennies since I'll never have the chance to "see" the songstress now.
05/31/2011 2:10:16 PM CDT
Danielle says ...
A few years ago I spent some time in London. One night, I went to the 606 Jazz club and saw a group of student musicians play. The location was great, just in this little basement ( Exactly how Jazz should be watched!) and the students were really good. They were being graded for their class and there were tons of family members packed into the little place supporting the students. It was fun to be from another country and get to experience Jazz in London!
05/31/2011 6:01:36 PM CDT
Melissa Hixon says ...
I have the best jazz times hanging out in New Orleans. But the best was when I saw Kermit Ruffins at Vaughn's. Kermit arrives in his pick up with a bbq in the back. The music is as good a bbq and enjoyed at a dive like Vaughn's with a dirt floor.
05/31/2011 6:51:33 PM CDT
dma says ...
I heard Vijay Iyer when he was just starting out. Brunch jazz - nice food and good music!
05/31/2011 7:03:34 PM CDT
Joan says ...
BB King live at Boulder Theater. He is the "king" of Jazz and always gets his audience involved at the highest level of enjoyment.
05/31/2011 11:46:02 PM CDT
Roger Hendrix says ...
Winter 1964. East Tennessee State University in Johnson City. Dave Brubeck Quartet. Dave, piano. Paul Desmond, alto saxophone. Gene Wright, bass. Joe Morello, drums. Awesome version of "Take Five;" Paul, cool and casual, leans against the piano as Dave plays. Great solo by Joe, who breaks stick, calmly picks up another and (literally) doesn't miss a beat. Forty-seven years ago. Seems like yesterday.
06/01/2011 8:18:52 PM CDT
vanessa says ...
My favorite live jazz performance HAS GOT TO BE the live sessions at Cleopatra's Needle on the Upper West Side at Cleopatra's Needle in NYC!! Oh man the talent there- especially the kids from Juilliard come and line up and step in for a few bars and blow you away. Great energy, great memories. Now I'm in Miami looking for jazz..... :)
06/01/2011 8:21:43 PM CDT
penni says ...
I saw Stan Getz live in an outdoor evening concert in Caesarea, Israel. Nothing can top good music accompanied by ocean breezes!
06/01/2011 8:23:55 PM CDT
Christine says ...
I was able to see Sony Rollins, live, several years ago, in Houston. Simply fabulous!
06/01/2011 8:27:33 PM CDT
Cindy Hils says ...
I grew up with classical music playing violin. My husband took me on a cruise where Pearl Django played their known for 'gypsy' style of jazz and I was hooked. It was a wonderful break from our fussy newborn years ago - to cruise the sound and enjoy some jazz.
06/01/2011 8:29:22 PM CDT
Barbara Jepson says ...
Have loved jazz since I was a young teen. The first LP I ever bought was "Kind of Blue" with, of course, Miles Davis. I can't choose one live performance, I loved almost all of them.
06/01/2011 8:34:23 PM CDT
Carolyn Healey says ...
In our pre-kid years, when we still could go out a lot without having to worry about finding a babysitter (and considering the extra cost of one), my husband and I tried to soak in as much culture as possible. He is a pianist and we have a musician friend who was performing at the Kennedy Center. We got tickets to hear her, but the father of one of my husband's students gave us tickets to hear Chucho Valdes at Blue's Alley for the same evening. Luckily classical and jazz music are on a different schedule (and different lifestyle and surroundings), so we were able to enjoy both concerts on this same evening. The classical concert was great, but the jazz was AMAZING. I had been listening to jazz music for a long time, but seeing Chucho Valdes life was like nothing I had ever experienced before. I long to hear him live again one day.
06/01/2011 8:34:55 PM CDT
sh says ...
there have been many, and favorites are kind of artificial, but it if i have to choose it would be Pat Metheny at Red Rocks in 83, or a little later in the 80s Weather Report and Miles Davis (two different concerts) at the Rainbow Music Hall; or maybe Don Cherry at Naropa, or Eberhard Weber and Rainer Bruninghaus at the Blue Note in Boulder, or (jumping ahead 20 years) Kurt Elling at Soiled Dove but then Art Lande always brings a smile to my face, and Bill Frisell often has surprises (both with Front Range connections); seeing John McLaughlin solo in Hartford around 1980 was mindblowing and helped start it all; Steve Swallow was very special in Amsterdam one night in 99 ... you're makin' me feel silly
06/01/2011 8:39:34 PM CDT
Tina says ...
I love going to the local jazz club and checking out obscure jazz performers in a small, diveish environment. It's also cool to be able to listen to amazing musicians before they're found by the rest of the world.
06/01/2011 8:44:02 PM CDT
Michael Coates says ...
Jazz always takes you to another place--sometimes restful, sometimes frentic, sometimes scary--but it is guaranteed to take you there. One of the best was that combined several of these places was Keith Jarrett at the Chandler Pavilion in LA many years ago. You never knew where he was going to go, but it was always wonderful.
06/01/2011 8:49:44 PM CDT
Stacy says ...
I love all of New Brunswick Jazz Project's live performances at the city's restaurants. Performers include professional artists and Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts students.
06/01/2011 8:54:23 PM CDT
Aunt Toni says ...
This would be great to listen to while entertaining (or not) outdoors with anything on the grill. So here we are, cool food on the table, a cool drink in hand listening to cool jazz. A perfect recipe for a perfect summer evening.
06/01/2011 8:56:02 PM CDT
Lisa McLeroy says ...
The Playboy Jazz Festival in 1980 at the Hollywood Bowl. A friend worked as a ticket taker with the turnstile and he would act like he was tearing our "tickets" and let us through the turnstile! It was great!
06/01/2011 9:00:45 PM CDT
Kim Tombrella says ...
My first date with my late husband was attending a concert performance by Ramsey Lewis in Detroit on an Easter Sunday. It was a beautiful concert, in a lovely venue. I think it helped kindle the love we ended up sharing with each other.
06/01/2011 9:07:10 PM CDT
Leah says ...
Keith Jarrett in the late 70s in Princeton, NJ; heavenly jazz piano
06/01/2011 9:21:55 PM CDT

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