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Donna says ...
My all time favorite live jazz performance would have to be seeing Hiromi at Zanzibar Blue in Philadelphia for the very first time. I was sitting at a table about 2-3 feet away from her so I had an amazing view of her hands which were going crazy on the piano and keyboard. She can play very hard. As such, she actually hurt a finger while playing...and managed to wrap it without stopping! I had never seen anything like it before. The passion of her performance was astonishing. If I didn't believe in god then, I sure do now. There's a big god in that small body. HIROMI!
06/02/2011 11:42:43 AM CDT
Debbie E. says ...
As a high school graduation gift in 1972, my boyfriend's father treated us and 3 other couples to hear Duke Ellington and his jazz orchestra play at the Shamrock Hotel (whidn has since been demolished) in Houston, Texas. Back then, I couldn't fully appreciate it but looking back, as I've learned to appreciate jazz so much more over the years, I realize what a unique gift that was....the gift of jazz!
06/02/2011 11:43:37 AM CDT
Sandra Levitt says ...
I was in Chicago on a Business trip and the waiter from Smith & Wolensky's recommended the Blue's Cafe, I could of stayed there for days and nights listening to the Various Jazz performers. The place became magical as soon as the first acts went on and I have never in my life seen an establishment fill up so quickly, one moment there were only five people in the place and a frequent patron said wait and see what happens at 8:00pm I was astounded by the crowd that became so enthusiastic that it was like we were one huge family, I will never forget this experience. Jazz is music to my ears, my heart and my soul.
06/02/2011 12:03:44 PM CDT
Jay Levy says ...
My favorite live jazz performance was seeing Miles Davis play at a small nightclub in Chicago. The room was quite narrow and and our table was within ten feet of Miles, but he faced the wall when he played, as if he had no interest in seeing his audience.
06/02/2011 12:14:20 PM CDT
robin says ...
live jazz? LOVE Fourplay and Acoustic Alchemy. very "true" performances. and for my wild side, TOWER OF POWER! done FOUND the stroke!
06/02/2011 12:31:35 PM CDT
Ida says ...
I saw Miles Davis in Boston, had great seats and he was AMAZING... so smooth, intense and dynamic... Unforgetable! Seeing Lionel Hampton in Boston was a real treat as well... There is nothing more enjoyable than attending a live Jazz concert with an outstanding jazz musician. We need more of this kind of music in our lives today. Thank you Whole Foods for acknowledging one of America's greatest contributions to the world!! :)
06/02/2011 12:32:57 PM CDT
Betty Dickinson says ...
Years ago, I heard Billy Taylor in New York, before he was well known...a memorable evening!
06/02/2011 12:55:13 PM CDT
Jim Dewey says ...
I love it that my 3 year-old knows that Miles Davis plays the trumpet!
06/02/2011 1:03:41 PM CDT
Regina M says ...
My favorite live jazz performance was by Manuel Valera. Manuel Valera is a jazz pianist and composer from Cuba. He performed at William Paterson University during their annual Jazz week festival. He is very talented. One of my favorite albums of his is Forma Nueva. He performed a couple of songs from this album and I was hooked!
06/02/2011 2:26:50 PM CDT
kelley blaine says ...
Live jazz at El Chapultepec in the 80s - SRO -vital and edgy - what a time!
06/02/2011 2:27:19 PM CDT
Effie says ...
I love jazz and would greatly appreciate this gift package.
06/02/2011 3:06:13 PM CDT
Frances Miller says ...
I enjoy attending the jazz concert every summer at Penn's Landing. I always have such a good time. The music is good and the performers are excellent.
06/02/2011 3:15:17 PM CDT
Claudine Altunbilek says ...
Back in 1999 (I believe) I was able to attend a live jazz concert of local and national artists at the Kansas City Jazz Festival. It was a wonderful experience to see these performers. Their music varied from "classical" jazz to specific variations of cultures, i.e. latin, african, ect...as well as blues. I hope to one day return to this annual event because Kansas City is one of the great "Jazz cities" in the country.
06/02/2011 3:40:09 PM CDT
Jennifer Holder says ...
I would love to have these jazz cd's to take to our condo in FL. Right now, we don't have any cd's and this would be wonderful for relaxing along side the canal!
06/02/2011 5:00:46 PM CDT
linda cheslow says ...
I heard Jazz with the Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis. Wonderful music!
06/02/2011 5:08:36 PM CDT
John Riordan says ...
It is tough to pick a favorite, I've seen so many. I'll go with Oscar Peterson in a very small club in Wash. DC. Maybe 50 people there. Dinner and drinks at a nice table about 15 feet from his piano. He was awesome!
06/02/2011 5:24:38 PM CDT
Kemborly says ...
Pat Methany at the Russian Rivr show about three summers ago blazin guitar playing! so hot not to mention... Pat and Lyle Mays at Red Rocks
06/02/2011 5:42:18 PM CDT
Gloria says ...
Saw Les McCann and Eddie Harris at Maurice's Snak and Chat in Los Angeles. It was the first time they had played together in a long time. Small dark club. Everyone grooving to the music. It was history in the making.
06/02/2011 6:24:55 PM CDT
Pamela Krueger says ...
My favorite jazz artist lives right here in the metro area. Her name is Jennifer Grimm and her performances are so enjoyable. She performs at numerous private parties, local jazz bars, has her songs featured on television and the radio. Her voice is beautiful and she sings the best of all the jazz musicians.
06/02/2011 7:03:44 PM CDT
Warren Hare says ...
I love jazz because my mother was a broadway dancer in the 50s & 60s and loved music. A few yeaers ago, the Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis was performing a free concert at the Arts Center in NJ. I got tickets for our family & a good friend who is a drummer & music lover, although not jazz. He never heard of Marsalis but was blown away during the concert & told me to get us tickets to Lincoln Center whenever Marsalis is playing.
06/02/2011 7:12:20 PM CDT
Susan says ...
I miss the annual"Jazz in July" outdoor concert series that were held at UMass,Amherst. They were free for years before a fee was charged and then they ceased to exist. Billy Taylor was always one of the series'performers.
06/02/2011 9:50:01 PM CDT
Kat says ...
While in Hampton VA, years ago, at a park we listened to The Connie Parker Trio.
06/02/2011 9:57:40 PM CDT
jennifer anderson says ...
love their music
06/02/2011 10:15:20 PM CDT
marva telemaque says ...
I am a jazz enthusist and so was my brother who died last year and left the best of all the jazz greats on vinyl....Oscar Peterson, Miles davis, Ahmad Jamal. I was fortunate enough to see and hear Miles Davis in concert in New York city. I recently attended a jazz concert in Trinidad W.I and I remembered my brother who left me with good memories and good music.
06/02/2011 10:32:44 PM CDT
Angelica says ...
My favorite live jazz performances were the various outdoor summer performers on Fillmore Street in San Francisco. The streets would be closed down and there were plenty of fresh musicians playing for hours.
06/02/2011 11:01:50 PM CDT

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