To know enough about Jazz to really enjoy a dinner conversation with another enthusiast (assuming food and wine are very good). To have those “dinner conversations” about Jazz via the web (BYOW!).
These are the two aims I have and which have provoked me to start this blog. Here, I document my journey through the world of Jazz and here hopefully we will have conversations about this fascinating music genre.
While having been listening to Jazz for years, my focus had been mainly on contemporary music, driven by record reviews in music magazines as well as concerts. But then, I picked up a book called “Talking Jazz” from the German Trumpet player Till Brönner in my local library. In the book, Brönner talks a lot about his influences and it showed me that I had so far almost completely ignored the history of Jazz and its great artists from the past. The next book I got from the library was then about the early years of Jazz music.
While reading and learning about Jazz is very interesting, listening to the music is still the most important thing. So my promise to myself (this can’t just be fun at the end, can it?) is to listen always to Jazz music when writing blog posts. And hopefully my record collection will grow with the travels made.