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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
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
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
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
meau says ...
Sao Jorge at Millennium Park. He did an awesome show and then came out the side and met fans and kissed babies. What an awesome show! Almost every Thursday at Millennium Park in Chicago there are World Jazz concerts and they are fantastic!!!
06/02/2011 11:06:42 PM CDT
Donna says ...
Charles Mingus Greenwich Village 1965 First live jazz for me WOW
06/02/2011 11:13:12 PM CDT
tricia eugenio says ...
My favorite jazz performance was CHris Botti at the Greek Theater with Billy Childs last year.
06/03/2011 1:21:46 AM CDT
vickie says ...
Was in New Orleans before Katrina and saw that a small club, outside of the main area had Wynton Marisles' Dad playing. It was an old club, few tables. I felt was I was returned to the 60's in the Village (NYC). It was the experience that you rarely forget. Jazz, was king.
06/03/2011 6:49:14 AM CDT
jimmy says ...
Jazz has the capability to transport you to different times and places. A hot trumpet lick followed up by a trombone can take you to New Orleans in 1950. A conga beat and blazing horns move you to Cuba int he 1970's. Funky upright base with acoustic guitar and shaker and you are in Brasil. Tinkling piano and a sultry voice has you sipping a cocktail at a piano bar in your hometown. A toast to jazz, the great time machine.
06/03/2011 9:40:21 AM CDT
Cynthia Infante says ...
My favorite live jazz performance was when as a child, I would watch my Dad play his saxophone at home on warm summer nights. He would play songs such as; The girl from Ipanema, Summertime and jazz standards from the 40's, 50's & 60's. He would play these songs with such passion you could tell he was truly playing from his soul. There was a lot of musical talent in his family and they had formed a jazz band and played at weddings and some local venues back in the day. Actually, that's how my Mom and Dad met...he was playing the sax at a wedding and my Mom was there and he told the other guys in the band that he would dance with her before the night was over....and he did and the rest is history! So I guess you could say I wouldn't be writing to you if it wasn't for jazz! ha ha...but seriously jazz has been of great influence not only in my life but in my siblings as well. When we get the opportunity to get together we always end up talking about the latest Jazz CD's that we have purchased and sometimes we enlighten one another with a new artist or more often than not, we end up buying the same CD's!! I guess you can say our taste for jazz is definitely in our genes!! :) Our father has since passed away but I have to say, by far, my best memories of him are those of watching him play his beloved saxophone so peacefully back in the 60's on those warm summer nights....
06/03/2011 9:46:03 AM CDT

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