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Reset your password Click the eye to show your password. Maximize your visibility at All About Jazz by upgrading your musician from standard to premium. Date: Apr From: Chris S [ protected] There probably isn't one, or even one dozen, particular place s to start. I have a friend who really digs King Crimson; I'd be inclined to throw "Bitches Brew" at him to start. I hope I don't have any friends who like the Spice Girls, because I don't know what I'd do with them!
Date: Apr From: Chris S [ protected] I guess what I'm attempting to say is: It's going to depend on the "who" in question. But some things are constant regardless of the particular taste of that individual: I would be inclined to recommend stuff that's endured for decades as meaningful and important to you, rather than something that might have your ear now, but you might not want to hear five to ten years from now. I tend to be rather catholic small "c" with this sort of stuff among my friends and family.
It certainly does matter where someone is coming from musically. Classical: Eddie Daniels "Beautiful Love. And Country: Bill Frisell. Not everyone needs to start with "Kind of Blue" but it ain't a bad way to go! One thing that I've found that turns most people off during an initial listen is frenetic bebop or avant-garde music that's difficult to wrap the ol' noodle around. What it comes down to is that you need find something of quality which is accessible to the target listener.
And what is accessible will depend on where their tastes already lie. It was late 50s Mingus, and the hard bop that got me started- it sounded like a more complex version of the sort of music Ray Charles and company, et. This general phenomenon is probably why people like Kenny G are popular- it sounds like the saccharine pop that a lot of people have grown up listening to, but with something different, i.
I don't know if the G meister qualifies as jazz or not- I vote no. So if you have a friend you want to Jazz, find out what they already like a turn them on to whatever the next logical step is remember, I said QUALITY in my opening statement. Date: Apr From: Vicki D. My own personal trek began with the 70's fusion. Then I fell into that Kenny G. However, it wasnt' until I got into the live scene here in my hometown that I was really exposed to the straight ahead stuff. Live performance commands your attention and you really notice melodies and vibes that you may not notice if you are listening in the car or at home while on the phone as I used to.
Now I'm into Miles, Trane and all the greats. So my suggestion is take them to a bar or jazz club with a jammin' house band.
You are usually prone to get a variety of genres and most people sort out exactly what it is they like and seek out those recordings. Each time you buy a new record, check out new names read up on the people they cite as influences generally or for particular pieces. Also, I grew up under the strong influence of classical music, which I believe has had a tremendous influence on the development of jazz along with Blues, of course. And I have always loved the Big Band sound.
So, one way for me would be to "ease" someone into jazz. Another way would be to ask them to come along with you to a jazz festival. The Chicago Jazz Fest, for example, has a good variety of artists. But, your pupil needs to have a ready ear: "You can lead a horse to water, but you cannot make him drink. Date: Apr From: howard [ protected] I don't think it's so much a question of specific recordings, as telling new listeners how jazz "works.
Listening to jazz is like watching baseball. Baseball is incredibly boring if you don't know what's going on, but the more you know, the more you enjoy it. It's the same way with jazz. You can learn the basic rules head-solos-head, etc. Then, the more you know about the game, the more you can appreciate the subtleties. That's why "Kind of Blue" is such a great introduction: the rules are very easy to understand, but the game is so well played.
Date: Apr From: Patrick [ protected] This topic is great, in fact recently two friends of mine were asking me about jazz and they wanted my recommendations. It is not easy, as others have stated, you have to know what the person likes. If they like rock, they should try Bitches Brew and fusion. I was introduced to jazz at an early age by my godfather, he was a huge Buddy Rich fan, and soon I turned into a huge Buddy Rich fan too.
Yet I know Buddy is probably not a good choice for a person who likes easy listening and adult contemporary music. So the key is to know your listener. For my friend who loves guitar, lounge and rock, I suggested Wes Montgomery, you can't go wrong with the fast fingers of Wes. My view is that 'seeing' and hearing is usually far more a powerful way to attract interest, than just to provide music of a record. I have helped initiate people who have little interest in improvised music by just sitting with them at a performance and then assisting them to follow what's going on whispering in the ear, of course!
Life was never the same after that!!!! I guess you can follow the drift of my argument. Love always. Date: Apr From: K Bray [ protected] As a high school photo teacher attempting to introduce my students in a small PNW community to the value of jazz, your comments are most beneficial. I am a new fan.
Your suggestions are most appreciated. Date: Apr From: Nathaniel Crockett [ protected] Gender is a point of beginning. Women whether faking it or not will go with the flow. They may acquise only to congenial, but if they stick with the music, you may win them. My wife has pursued that path, not really into, however, she does approve of the perks. I have two daughters who have been exposed to the music all of their lives. They enjoy jazz too. So it can be exposure by association. My family's favorite riff is the theme from The Duke, by Bruebeck. With the jazz exposion, they have been known to astonish all by there knowledge of the music.
Jazz is an attitude developed from association, appreciation, you don't really have to know it. Either you dig, or you don't. Date: Apr From: Chris S [ protected] Interesting that the topic of genre has been introduced here Date: Apr From: Tom [ protected] ,com Chris is right Gender should be the NEXT subject of this discussion if not part of it.
It has been my experience that all but a very few women are as appreciative of jazz ss one would hope. Happily, many that are are also extremely knowledgeable.
But they constitute a miniscule part of the listening audience. It's unfortunate that so many come to jazz through its "soda pop" variety "a-la-Kenny G. Has anyone considered introducing them to the music through Mr. Eastwood's "Bridges of Madison County" video? If that doesn't work, then I guess they're just plain tone deaf! Date: Apr From: robin d steel [ protected] This is a bassackwards comment,i'm a receiver not a giver of info.
So thanks to all for the helpful tips,the most relevant for me being preferred music of other types and "listen. When I was 12 i had acccess to about 6 records firehouse 5 on 45's and of all things "odds against tomorrow" by MJQ now I find there is another vibes plaer besides Milt someone called L. Anyway I digress point is i'm back in the fold and enjoying it,but I think I have to stay with the smooth for now ,avoid the avant-garde,and not try too hard to understand,just listen.
Thanks again,keep the comments coming. Write me Rob. You damn colonials don't know how lucky you are,a travelling Smithsonian indeed! I'd like to add that sometimes its good to throw it all at a listener, gradually over a period of time. It's hard to say what will stick and why. Who'd a thunk it? Date: Apr From: Patrick Conway [ protected] I'm introducing my 12 year old son to jazz in a roundabout way. He plays alto sax in the school band program, but doesn't like it much. Rather listen to Green Day, his favorite rock band. I have him play along with a jazz recording as a break from doing his usual school band practicing.
He's listening to Lee Morgan's Sidewinder recording. He knows very little about sax, only the G major scale, but he has fun. Maybe because he doesn't know the chords, so he just blows.Looking for a jazz friend
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