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Sheree Ashapa says ...
I had the opportunity to see BB King live many years ago when I was a teenager. I didn't know who he was at the time. Over the years I have become a huge fan. He is a remarkable musician; every piece speaks directly to me. If he is ever playing at a time when I can see him, I won't pass up the opportunity.
05/28/2011 1:20:07 PM CDT
Deon says ...
The irony of my story is that up until that point, my life was pretty much "jazz-less." I grew up in Utah, for heaven sakes. My sister had the good sense to move to the Bay Area after graduating from the U of U. For the first time, I had a real city to visit during Spring Break. I did not know that when I saw the legendary Miles Davis at the Concord Jazz fest in the late 80's, it would be one of his last concerts. His cool, effortless, stunning performance under the stars mesmerized the crowd. I am still overcome with chills over 20 years later. I have so much to learn about jazz greats. My little girl is the biggest Putamayo fan ever, and would be thrilled to have this collection.
05/28/2011 4:43:30 PM CDT
Sandy Autry says ...
I got to see the Pat Metheny Group at the Mountain Winery in Saratoga, CA. Excellent venue and excellent performance!
05/28/2011 6:50:33 PM CDT
bth says ...
Impossible to pick just one as a favorite: Ella Fitzgerald, Stan Getz, Diana Krall, Jane Monheit, Chet Baker, Ray Brown, and many more...
05/28/2011 11:31:36 PM CDT
Erica says ...
The Victor Lin jazz trio at Cobi's place. Not only was the music and chemistry great, but Cobi, who is a champion of early career jazz musicians, provided a magical, intimate, and inspiring place for the performance. It was standing room only in a converted apartment space in midtown. It was pure wonderment.
05/29/2011 8:49:57 AM CDT
Forester Jenkins says ...
I went to a George Benson concert back in the late 70's and it solidified my love for jazz. I grew up on Nancy Wilson, Lionel Hampton, and Grover Washington Jr., But George Benson and his smooth guitar playing relly gave me more of an appreciation for jazz.
05/29/2011 7:02:54 PM CDT
Forester Jenkins says ...
I went to a George Benson concert back in the late 70's and it solidified my love for jazz. I grew up on Nancy Wilson, Lionel Hampton, and Grover Washington Jr., But George Benson and his smooth guitar playing really gave me more of an appreciation for jazz.
05/29/2011 7:03:34 PM CDT
Ana says ...
I love jazz. Brings good memories and it just lifts me up! Although I haven't been to it in person, I love the live sessions in the Netherlands, they are so great, they have the best of the best.
05/29/2011 7:34:26 PM CDT
A Ondhia says ...
On a beautiful New York night, my wonderful wife and I enjoyed a performance by Bill Charlap at the Time Warner Center overlooking an illuminated Columbus Circle. It was a perfect way to celebrate Valentine's Day.
05/29/2011 8:01:56 PM CDT
Elisabeth M. Yang says ...
One of the most memorable jazz experiences was during my travels to the Czech Republic. Whilst crossing the iconic, grandiose Charles Bridge en route to the castle, there was a small gypsy jazz group on the bridge playing classic American jazz from the 1930s. It was exciting and for some strange reason, fused two worlds together in a way that made a world of sense!
05/29/2011 8:10:52 PM CDT
Lonnie Glazer says ...
My first visit a few years ago to Cecil's Jazz Club in West Orange, New Jersey. Small, informal and VERY cool. Musician's showing up with their instruments, step up on stage and joinin' in with musician's already on stage. Hadn't seen that before. Impromptu and improvisational. Seemed like the real deal. What it's all about. The essence of jazz.
05/30/2011 7:55:04 AM CDT
Leroy says ...
Education is the key through the music we hear.
05/30/2011 8:02:57 AM CDT
Leroy says ...
I had a great time listen to two great icon in the musice world- Dave Valentin and Mark Whitfield at Jazz Wednesdays at the World Center 1993. April 2003 Smithsonians- Jazz Appreciation Month.
05/30/2011 8:23:19 AM CDT
Ramon Bonardi says ...
I saw the Four Freshman in a bowling alley in Calumet City, IL in the early 1950's. They were just starting out (before being discovered by Stan Kenton). I feel like I discovered them!
05/30/2011 12:06:45 PM CDT
Judy Bonardi says ...
My husband and I were in Orlando, FL while on a Disney World vacation and stopped in a little club one night where Zoot Simms was performing. It was such a cozy setting, (livingroom like) and we were seated next to him. The music was great and we had a chance to converse with Zoot during a break.
05/30/2011 12:17:33 PM CDT
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
Samantha says ...
It is difficult to pick a favorite, but when I was in college I had the great pleasure of seeing Max Roach perform at my school's small auditorium. It was amazing how one man and his drums could captivate an audience for over an hour. The complexity of rhythm and sound he produced was incredible.
05/30/2011 3:45:12 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
Rosanne says ...
As a teen, I saw Ella Fitzgerald every summer at the Hollywood Bowl with friends. It shaped my life!
05/31/2011 4:32:57 AM 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
jude oliveri burde says ...
Time spent in Rochester, New York going to the International Jazz Festival held the first week of June.My favorite jazz memory was Sonny Rollins at Eastman Theater.
05/31/2011 3:11:50 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

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