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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
Corey says ...
I grew up in a small town in Louisiana. My grandfather played in a local jazz band introduced me to some of his music! He used to play his trumpet for me and I distinctly remember feeling the spirit of the music! He passed away when i was in high school and my grandmother told me shevwanted me to have his trumpet!! It changed my life!!My favorite live performance was Rebirth Brass Band at the Jazz Festival in New Orleans!! Let's just say the spirit of the music moved me once again!
06/03/2011 6:18:38 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
Donna says ...
Lionel Hampton.
06/03/2011 10:07:49 AM CDT
Mark Schoenbaum says ...
I am always blown away by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band. I have seen them a number of times, both in New Orleans as well as here in the SF Bay Area, and they never disappoint.
06/03/2011 11:00:44 AM CDT
b.dunn says ...
the doheny jazz festival in doheny beach california. out doors, on the beach and the whole family is together:) fun day!
06/03/2011 11:07:53 AM CDT
Jael says ...
My best live jazz performance was seeing Chris Botti perform with the Houston Symphony. Loved it !!!
06/03/2011 11:55:23 AM CDT
Barb France says ...
I went to the Blue Note in New York when I lived there and heard great music: George Benson, Mongo Santamaria, Michele Camillo, Tania Maria, Bob James, Tito Puente, etc., etc. There are 2 other concerts though that I remember as being outstanding, one was Al Jarreau in Central Park and the other was a celebration at the Beacon, with Miles Davis, Spyra Gyra, BB King and others. The Al Jarreau concert was in the summer and was really upbeat & fun dancing. The Beacon Theater concert was great because of all the fabulous music, and I got to meet BB King backstage; he was so down to earth and just really nice to chat with.
06/03/2011 11:55:42 AM CDT
Sharon says ...
No contest: a recent Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra concert with the incomparable Wynton Marsalis in Washington, DC. The music and the musicmakers took my breath away!
06/03/2011 2:27:04 PM CDT
Adrienne Thorpe says ...
Nothing can beat the nightly music at Preservation Hall.
06/03/2011 5:01:33 PM CDT
Cheryl says ...
Our Albuquerque public radio station has the most fantastic jazz and freeform programming ever...as well as in-house, live artists and interviews. During my few years in this area, I've had the very best jazz exposure/education by our local master jazz DJs and their exceptional playlists spanning many decades of jazz. Among my favs is Miles Davis' Kind of Blue... Heard it for the 1st time and was blown away.
06/03/2011 8:02:42 PM CDT
John says ...
Seeing Elvin Jones in his prime at the Jazz Fest and Jazz Showcase
06/04/2011 12:28:55 AM CDT
kim beckwith says ...
on a trip to new orleans,la, i was able to attend a few jazz concerts. they were are very memorable. many of the great jazz songs from duke ellington, ella fitzgerald, count basie, were played. it was very enjoyable to dance to these great jazz songs and share the great time in the home of the jazz!
06/04/2011 6:22:46 AM CDT
Susan says ...
Chuchu Valdez at the Village Vanguard was pretty awesome.
06/04/2011 9:15:00 AM CDT
Saint says ...
I cannot say that I have ever really been to a "TRUE" jazz concert!! BUT...my mother LOVED jazz and so do I!! I really like George Benson, Grover Washington Jr., and InCognito!!
06/04/2011 9:43:26 AM CDT
Katie H. says ...
Teaching my young piano student the blues scale, and then creating jazz with her... a basic 12 bar blues accompaniment for me, and an improvised melody from her.
06/04/2011 9:45:19 AM CDT
Mindy says ...
I found a favorite afro-peruvian jazz spot recently in Midtown, New York City that I absolutely love! The venue's name is Tutuma. They are amazing and so talented.
06/04/2011 11:06:30 AM CDT
Clara says ...
I love Jazz. It is so cool and relaxing, and just makes you want to move or tap your toes or your fingers to the sounds of the beat! I love listening to Jazz on our local NPR station, which plays Jazz during the day and at night after the NPR programming.
06/05/2011 12:40:17 AM CDT
Pam McGregor says ...
My favorite live performances are the unique sounds of Mindi Abair's sax and vocals. Her music takes me to another place. It soothes all the everyday stress and I always want to get up and dance. she puts a smile on everyone's face.
06/05/2011 12:09:43 PM CDT
Jen says ...
My favorite Jazz performance was Dave Brubeck in Santa Rosa, CA.
06/05/2011 12:57:38 PM CDT
brenda foley says ...
I saw a live jazz performance in san francisco last year. It was wonderful. Outside in a park.
06/05/2011 2:32:53 PM CDT

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