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Alicia says ...
Memories of playing my mother's jazz LPs.
06/01/2011 11:21:47 PM CDT
Julie says ...
Summer concert series jazz - outdoor, warm weather, like minded patrons, excellent!
06/01/2011 11:33:32 PM CDT
mimi le says ...
One of the most memorable moments for me when it comes to jazz was the film "Triplets of Belleville." This movie changed my musical life and opened it up to a whole other world that I thought I knew something about. Watch it!!!
06/01/2011 11:35:31 PM CDT
Catherine P. says ...
Walked into Tower Records on Colombus Ave, SF in the mid 70's. Heard Chuck Mangione playing on the store sound system. Followed him for years after that. Saw Chuck Mangione at the first Concord Jazz Fesitvals when they were in the Concord High School grounds. Got to love that jazz.
06/01/2011 11:39:32 PM CDT
brandon lynch says ...
I'm Brandon's mom. I can't express how much my 18 year old son, Brandon, loves jazz. He has played in his high school jazz band and jazz orchestras and for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra's "Civic Youth Jazz Ensemble" during his 4 years of high school. He even wrote one of his A/P English papers on "Benny Goodman's Life." During one of his 9th grade jazz concerts, a member of the audience remarked to Brandon, "..we have another Gene Krupa right here in Farmington Hills." He is planning to major in music technology in the fall with a possible minor in jazz studies.
06/01/2011 11:41:34 PM CDT
Jennifer says ...
Kim Nalley, Houston Person & Tammy Hall at The Razz Room in SF.
06/01/2011 11:46:59 PM CDT
Susan H. says ...
I saw Nina Simone at the Kennedy Center. She sang "To Be Young, Gifted and Black." Very inspiring.
06/01/2011 11:52:42 PM CDT
Christa B says ...
On a quick weekend trip to visit my husband's parents in NYC, we were lucky to be able to purchase tickets to jazz legend's Marian McPartland performance at Dizzy's Club Coca Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center. Unfortunately, Marian's performance was cancelled but master drummer Herlin Riley and his group took the stage. It was amazing! The venue was beautiful, the staff was great and the food was terrific. We were joined by our friend's daughter, who was traveling from Australia, and who got to experience a jazzy New York night. We bought Herlin's CD for her and he was kind enough to sign it. My in-laws - true New Yorkers - had not been to the venue before so it was a true delight to share this evening with them in their own hometown!
06/01/2011 11:53:14 PM CDT
Chaya says ...
I cannot remember going to a live jazz show. That is a shame, because it is great music that I love. I have seen some elements of jazz at hip hop shows.
06/01/2011 11:54:24 PM CDT
Donald Mc Millan says ...
The greatest Jazz concert was on a birthday to be remembered, at the Village gate, August 28, 1962, four Jazz greats and their fellow musicians performed throughout the night, while I sipped on Tom Collins, legally. They were Charles Mingus, Eric Dolphy, Dave Brubeck and Thelonius Monk. What a night to remember, and sealed my love for Jazz forever. Donald Mc Millan
06/02/2011 12:04:05 AM CDT
Lynn R says ...
I'm not a jazz expert by any means, but my brother is (he's a high school band director and also plays drums in a big band/jazz group professionally). He loved jazz from practically birth. So, when our family went to Disneyland for the first time (back in the 60s), he hit the jackpot: Count Basie and his Orchestra were playing live in the park! My brother was only about six years old, but he stayed at the bandstand for hours, passing up rides to stay and listen to Basie. The rest of the family stayed for at least an hour, but he stayed the whole afternoon/evening (with my parents spelling each other staying with him, of course!) for all the sets they performed. What a concert! It was phenomenal!!
06/02/2011 12:14:25 AM CDT
Lorien says ...
Pete Escovedo, playing with his sons and his daughter Sheila E. at Yoshi's. We were seated right behind Sheila's mom! It was a great evening.
06/02/2011 12:39:43 AM CDT
Jeff Dames says ...
I saw Dexter Gordon (you may know him from the film "Round Midnight") at a small club in San Diego around 1981. He was exiled to Europe in the 60's. Back then, a musician could not work in the US without a cabaret card. Any drug offense prevented someone from getting a card. Upon returning home he made a great album called Homecoming. Give it a listen!
06/02/2011 1:19:22 AM CDT
ginny murray says ...
love, love and love jazz. The sound makes my body move and gives me a smile from ear to ear. Now my grandson, 14, plays trumpet and made it into three honor bands and has a private tutor at local Cal Arts to better his moves. can't be more proud and we take him to as many jazz concerts as possible. He's even going to a jazz camp over the summer. Jazz feeds my soul and makes my heart sing with JOY. Thanks so much.
06/02/2011 1:34:06 AM CDT
Erika says ...
Any Saturday evening at my local coffee shop. The place is always buzzing, the music is lively, and the vibe is community through and through.
06/02/2011 2:07:55 AM CDT
wiz says ...
So many wonderful Jazz performers gave us joy at the Disneyland stages, but the one intimate performance I remember best was by Dizzy Gillespie in a tiny hole-in-the-wall venue in the corner of a strip mall in Kearney Mesa on Clairemont Mesa Blvd. We sat so close I could see the rainbow droplets of perspiration slipping down his cheek as he played. The great man looked up at us so often during the performance! He locked eyes with us silly young girls, and we felt he was creating a new magic just for us. And though I was so young and ignorant and uncultured then, I still knew magic when I was in its presence. Even today, listening to a Gillespie riff on a CD I am transported back to a tiny bit of heaven in a strip mall. And, often, I tell my silly little teen daughter the story, and especially: Magic is where you find it!
06/02/2011 2:29:44 AM CDT
Phoenix says ...
My favourite experience with jazz has been encountered buskers playing sax & other horns - not all polished up for a formal performance, just authentic & joyous music.
06/02/2011 3:24:28 AM CDT
cheryl says ...
One of the first I attended and one of my faves was seeing George Benson at Chastain Part in Atlanta!
06/02/2011 3:58:42 AM CDT
Bob Theroux says ...
I have seen and heard several of the great artists of jazz including Basie, Ellington, Brubeck, Davis, Coltrane, Getz, Adderly, Rollins, Peterson and lots more. But what I really enjoy now is going to a concert that features college students who are studying jazz. They are the future that will keep jazz alive. My fav is the Univ of North Texas Jazz Lab band. If you get a chance to listen to young jazz players, don't pass it up.
06/02/2011 4:01:05 AM CDT
Valerie Gardner says ...
I have never had the fortune of listening to jazz live in person,only in CD form. :-( Just never had anyone to enjoy it with in person but love listening to all sorts of different artists live on my cd player.
06/02/2011 4:18:55 AM CDT
Dan and Mimi Wurmser says ...
Makes the hotness of the day sultry and fine, chaos into opportunity, songs and melody into dances of jazzy smiles.
06/02/2011 5:05:32 AM CDT
Paula says ...
I enjoy listening to NPR Jazz on the radio! I have enjoyed some jazz quartet shows here and there, too.
06/02/2011 5:22:55 AM CDT
Joan says ...
Some of my favorite performances are those I never did get to see live-- since many of the jazz performers I grew up listening to have passed away like Louis Armstrong and Billie Holiday! However I did see Norah Jones here in Philadelphia and loved her laid-back, easy style and smooth voice. Very new and exciting!
06/02/2011 5:32:18 AM CDT
Monica G says ...
Jazz takes you away. It is our go to music.
06/02/2011 5:55:41 AM CDT
Nancy says ...
Iheard louis Armstrong play once! It was fantastic! What a treat and what a performer! Nancy
06/02/2011 6:50:20 AM CDT

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