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SarahM says ...
My favorite jazz story has to be when my husband took me too one of the few real speak easy joints in San Francisco..The artist was singing Etta James songs and it just felt like we were back in time being treated to something very rare..
06/02/2011 6:57:03 AM CDT
Bill D says ...
Favorite live concert was Diana Krall in Nice. She had a head cold but performed a great set.
06/02/2011 6:59:38 AM CDT
Jessica says ...
Hearing the jazz band play at my high school was always a special treat. Nearly 10 years have gone by since we graduated and they are still one of my favorites.
06/02/2011 7:06:29 AM CDT
Teresa Bermudez says ...
My best jazz memory was a jazz festival held at Crane's Roost. My girlfriends and I all brought some food and had a night time picnic with a great spread and lots of laughs. The best part was the night was the soothing sounds of jazz as we attempted to digest all the food we could eat. These was years ago but I still remember the beautiful music every time I see the photos.
06/02/2011 7:10:28 AM CDT
Gloria says ...
In the 70's you could still hear jazz on East 52nd street in NYC and I went with an older friend who remembered hearing legends there. It was so lovely and the people who attended all had stories. I was in my early 20's and it was one of my first mixed drinks!
06/02/2011 7:21:48 AM CDT
Adriana Anderson says ...
I am huge fan of Jazz. It is my relaxation therapy to listen jazz/soft jazz. I just listen and let the music work its magic.
06/02/2011 7:23:29 AM CDT
Aleks says ...
Thanks for this! Nothing like a little Jazz to add to atmosphere while relaxing on the patio (which I don't get to do very much)! It is so nice to have a compilation of the greats...even if it just scratches the surface. Hope to find some Etta James on this CD.
06/02/2011 7:36:52 AM CDT
diana says ...
love the putumayo collection our daughter is 4 years old and grew up with much of the playground series. jazz is a great segway and is our background music at family dinner time.
06/02/2011 7:40:35 AM CDT
Robin says ...
My favorite live performace was watching Bobby McFerrin live after hosting him for workshops and classes at my University!
06/02/2011 7:50:10 AM CDT
Marian Gordin says ...
Live jazz performances in Atlanta, especially back in the 70s: at Dante's, the Sandpiper, a place whose name escapes me in the front of the old Lenox Square. Once saw Peggy Lee at the top of Colony Square.
06/02/2011 7:52:02 AM CDT
J.H. says ...
My 86 yr old father born and raised in Europe heard Jazz as a young man and it bolstered his already rabid interest in this country. He came here in the late forties and never left. Jazz is all he listens to - Mr. Goodman and Mr. Armstrong rock his world. For him I hope to "win" to continue to broaden his appreciation.
06/02/2011 7:52:09 AM CDT
Kara Clark says ...
Memphis! No better place to witness jazz at its finest. I had the pleasure of seeing a number of wonderful jazz performances so it is hard to just pick one. I totally recommend true jazz lovers make a trip down!
06/02/2011 7:59:18 AM CDT
Gina Jonson says ...
My husband and I love jazz. One of my favorite memories involves a summer series we just happened upon at a Borders bookstore. They had a live jazz band playing. Nobody big that we knew of, but we were drawn to their music. We sat and listened to their whole set. It was so relaxing, peaceful, fun, and entertaining. I never did get their names, but I know that jazz left its mark on me from that day on. Smooth Jazz is one of my "pre-sets" on my XM radio. :0)
06/02/2011 8:06:16 AM CDT
John Devine says ...
I remember seeing Sonny Rollins at the Longhorn in downtown Minneapolis in the early 80s. I got there early and got atable next to the stage. Periodically during the night Sonny would come over and play his horn with the bell right in my face!As an aspiring saxophonist at the time and a life-long Sonny Rollins fan, it was one of the most memorable nights of my life.
06/02/2011 8:12:19 AM CDT
Linda says ...
I love going to the Green Mill in Chicago to hear Patricia Barber play on Monday nights.
06/02/2011 8:23:04 AM CDT
Lynne Kinsey says ...
I've grown to enjoy jazz through my jazz-loving husbannd. Amonst my favorites were seeing and hearing Pearl Baily and, also Dizzy Gillespe. Stephen introduced me to Chuck Magione's music and we've seen him several times. Even though I am hard-of-hearing, the strong beat and enthusiasm of the music comes through to me.
06/02/2011 8:26:17 AM CDT
Donna Mazza says ...
Like many others, I grew up listening to jazz with my father, and I am eternally grateful to him for it. Back in the late 60's, I was living near San Francisco and saw Miles Davis perform in a small club there. Had no idea at the time he would become such a jazz icon, but it was a memorable experience to see him perform.
06/02/2011 8:31:17 AM CDT
Heather says ...
My favorite performance was back when I was 10 or 11 and was visiting my great great aunt for the summer in Menlo Park, CA. One warm evening, we walked from her little house down the street to a park to listen to live jazz music while we ate our picnic dinner.
06/02/2011 8:37:13 AM CDT
JackieM says ...
My favorite jazz listening is when I'm working at a wine shop and we have a jazz trio playing during our wine tasting. It's work - but yet it's not - it's such a fun way to spend the evening, and to get paid for it as well!
06/02/2011 8:49:53 AM CDT
Jim M says ...
"Liner notes"! I haven't heard that term in years. Growing up, listening to jazz on vinyl, I was initially educated by the "liner notes" on the album. There was content, serious attention paid to the art and the appreciation of it; a respect paid to the audience demonstrated by the belief that they cared and were interested in learning.
06/02/2011 8:50:02 AM CDT
Loretta Armstrong says ...
I lived in New Orleans for 23 years and truly miss the sound of Jazz everywhere. There were performances everywhere. And my favorite place was the JAZZ FEST!!!! Wander from tent to tent. I use to take my vacation just so I could go to Jazz fest during the week
06/02/2011 8:56:30 AM CDT
Foster K says ...
This is an easy choice for me! I took my girlfriend to see Cyrus Chestnut at the Regattabar in Cambridge, MA for our third date. Four years later we had our wedding reception in the same room.
06/02/2011 8:58:55 AM CDT
Susan says ...
My best live jazz memory was when I was down in New Orleans, a year before Hurricane Katrina, for the Louis Armstrong Satchmo festival. I was there with my boyfriend at the time, a jazz drummer and professor of music at a local high school. One night we stopped in somewhere for a drink - a hole in the wall that I think served pizza! - and as we were sitting at the counter, all of a sudden right next to us a couple of musicians got up to play. The trumpet player was not two feet away from me, and I heard jazz like I never heard before. They played and played, for the sheer pleasure of celebrating the moment. I don't know their names or if they were a formal band, but among all my music memories of New Orleans, that night embodies for me the living spirit of New Orleans jazz.
06/02/2011 8:59:04 AM CDT
Robert Launay says ...
I hate picking favorites. I still very fondly remember when Joe Segal's Jazz Showcase was still in the Blackstone Hotel in Chicago, one of the first, if not the first hotel in Chicago to accept an integrated clientele. The space was so small and intimate. Perhaps my favorite concert there was hearing Betty Carter, who had an incredible voice coupled with such an intelligent and distinctive style. It was such a small space you had the impression she was just singing for you.
06/02/2011 9:01:06 AM CDT
kristin says ...
I will never forget my grandfather listening to jazz on his very VERY old radio....weekend mornings. Love thinking of him sitting in his chair, relaxing, and LOVING the time listening to sweet morning jazz.
06/02/2011 9:12:27 AM CDT

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