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Lynn Pearce says ...
Yoshi's in Oakland CA have recently been hosting local school jazz bands and on May 2nd I got to see my good friend Sebastian Andersson (aged 11) play on stage with the rest of his LongFellow Middle School compadres - and they rocked the house! Take a look at them playing Buffalo Wings over on YouTube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J8x6GwLj004 courtesy of his Mom. One of my most memorable jazz concerts ever!
06/01/2011 9:22:59 PM CDT
Kevin says ...
I loved Al Jarreau at the Perugia jazz festival in Italy
06/01/2011 9:26:53 PM CDT
Jan Scholl says ...
I have never been to a live performance of jazz. I simply live in a small town and would have to drive quite a ways to experience live music. I don't drive much anymore either. My large cd and vinyl collection keep me happy, tho. Music is the best drug for whatever ails me.
06/01/2011 9:28:53 PM CDT
LARRY HANSEN says ...
There is a jazz style for all moods and occasions.
06/01/2011 9:36:29 PM CDT
Mike Friedman says ...
My favorite live jazz performance, hands down, is Cannonball In Japan-recorded live at Sankei Hall, August 26, 1966-over a year before I was born. Amazing sound and the things he says resonates every time you listen. Incredible band, too-Nat, Joe, Victor, and Roy.
06/01/2011 9:41:56 PM CDT
Mary says ...
When I was a teenager in Detroit I hung out at a jazz club named Bakers where the greats would stop in and play. One night some friends took me there to see Dizzy Gillespie. My cat had just died and they wanted to cheer me up. Dizzy saw this teary eyed girl and asked what was wrong. When I told him he got up on stage and told the band they were playing Bojangles for me. Yeah it's got a dead dog in it but close enough. Dizzy was a man with a big heart and he gave me a great memory.
06/01/2011 9:46:03 PM CDT
Peg says ...
New Orleans brings memories of great sea food and jazz!
06/01/2011 9:48:25 PM CDT
Robin Jozaitis says ...
My parents had me later in life & decided that during the summer we would take vacations that we would all enjoy. Thus we would vacation in Louisiana, Mississippi and all along the Golf of Mexico. We went to New Orleans several times and always stayed in the French Quarter. We'd eat outside in the open air cafes and listen to pure New Orleans jazz live. We also attended Jazz Fest as a family vacation & got tickets to the midnight show (I felt very grown up for a 12 year old). Now that I am an adult and a parent, I like to encourage my children to listen to many varieties of music. My oldest played in the school jazz ensemble....I absolutely LOVED attending their performances :) I feel like you can never have too much jazz in your life.
06/01/2011 9:50:37 PM CDT
Yvonne says ...
My favorite jazz artist is Billie Holiday - still the best. I especially love "God Bless the Child". Her voice curls around my ears like honey on hot toast!! Never had a chance to see her perform live but cherish her "Billie's Best" CD.
06/01/2011 9:53:29 PM CDT
john fossatto says ...
Love it and all that jazz....Saw Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitz.....in person in the early 60's. one of the highlights of that era....Still a fan of cool breezy music.
06/01/2011 9:56:05 PM CDT
Linda Knipe says ...
I have been an avid jazz listener/fan since I first heard that sound when I was around 8 or 9. I continue to attend live jazz performances as often as my time and funds permit. It lifts me up, inspires me, and soothes me. It is impossible to pick one live jazz performance, as there are many. However, there were some very memorable events that shouted "nirvana": Shirley Horn in the early '80s at Kimballs West, San Francisco; Gene Harris many times at Kuumbwa Jazz Center; Bill Henderson at San Jose Jazz Festival in 2009; Horace Silver and Bill Charlap (years apart) at Bach Dancing & Dynamite Society, Half Moon Bay; many events at Jazz at the A Frame in Hollywood; and of course the yearly Jazz Cruise (a week long "died and gone to heaven" cruise of only straight-ahead jazz while cruising around the Caribbean (thejazzcruise.com).
06/01/2011 9:56:17 PM CDT
Anita D says ...
The best live jazz concert I saw was Diana Krall, last summer , outside in Boston on the harbor at the Pavilion . Fabulous venue! I listen to jazz every day on the radio - WICN - its just great! I've learned so much about jazz from the hosts and going to their Jazz at Sunset concerts in Worcester in the summer. Jazz is alive and well!
06/01/2011 9:59:58 PM CDT
Rachel says ...
Jazz nights at the whip in in Austin, tx is what dreams will dream about!!
06/01/2011 10:00:52 PM CDT
Megan says ...
I love jazz! I listen to it with my 2 & 4 year olds trying to introduce them to the sounds early. I've seen Arturo O'farrill along with a few other musicians at Birdland in NYC a few years ago. Cuban jazz is so vibrant and powerful.
06/01/2011 10:06:36 PM CDT
Meg says ...
My favorite live jazz performance was a performance I saw on tv (likely public television) many years ago. The performers were the late great Sarah Vaughan and Clifford Brown. It looked more like a rehearsal than a concert performance, but I thought then as I think now: It just doesn't get better than that.
06/01/2011 10:16:29 PM CDT
Rachael Barish says ...
I love Stanly Jordan. The first time I saw him he was on Jonny Carson. I was sitting in my friend's dorm room and I could not take my eyes off of him. I have seen him a few times including Carnage Hall, the Beacon, The Blue Note and at NJPAC (at a free concert). I took some pictures at NJPAC and he was just a blur.
06/01/2011 10:34:20 PM CDT
Mary says ...
I love listening to tony Bennett or Michael buble singing jazz when I'm at a lounge or piano bar in a city like San Francisco. It's the coolest.
06/01/2011 10:45:17 PM CDT
Sara Woodward says ...
I am a big fan of the classic jazz music from the 50's and 60's- such soul and emotion in each song and one is always unique to the next.
06/01/2011 10:54:53 PM CDT
MJackson says ...
The recent Atlanta 31 Days of Jazz was an experience with the culmination of the weekend Jazz artists performances in Piedmont Park. Seeing families and friends gather together regardlless of race,age or gender was heartwarming.
06/01/2011 10:55:09 PM CDT
Nicole says ...
The best live jazz performance I've ever seen was San Francisco’s Jazz Mafia performing the suite “Brass, Bows and Beats” at the Monterey Jazz Festival. There were something like 30 musicians on the stage, and the piece pulled in elements from classical, hip-hop and funk and threw them into the jazz stew to create a fantastic event.
06/01/2011 10:59:10 PM CDT
Ed Herbert says ...
Seeing Elvin Jones and his band play live at the old Jazz Workshop in Boston at age 16 with 3 friends. We were supposed to be too young to be allowed in but we behaved like college student adults and it was an incredible night. Hearing Elvin's many grunts and "ya, ya" asides during long solos was definately not something they ever captured on LPs...even live recordings.
06/01/2011 11:01:37 PM CDT
Mike says ...
Hands down best live jazz performance is Cannonball live in Japan. It was recorded live at Sankei Hall -Tokyo, Jaan August 26, 1966, over a year before I was born!. Great sound and emotion. The things he says resonate each time you listen. Amazing band, too-Nat, Joe, Victor and Roy.I have listened to it a hundred times if once!
06/01/2011 11:03:25 PM CDT
Kelly Murphy says ...
My husband plays the trumpet and has been part of many jazz groups over the years. I'd have to say that my favorite performances are the ones that he is in, of course! We particularly love latin jazz.
06/01/2011 11:03:56 PM CDT
Michele green says ...
Relaxing to jazz music at Grazie restaurant.
06/01/2011 11:09:35 PM CDT
Amy says ...
Best jazz show I ever was at was the Dwight Ritcher Band at The House of Blues when it used to be in Harvard Square Cambridge, MA. Now the House of Blues is in Boston and the Dwight Ritcher Band became Dwight and Nicole.
06/01/2011 11:14:52 PM CDT

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