When I think of my earliest exposure to jazz, I remember Saturday afternoons at the shore. It was me—probably 12 or 13 years old—with my parents, sitting on bar stools in a favorite bayside spot. I felt so grown-up. I sipped a soda, my folks enjoyed their adult beverages and together we listened to the musicians playing.
I doubt that I knew it was jazz at the time. But I knew it was strong, rhythmic, heartfelt music. And I really liked it.
Dictionary.com defines jazz as: “Music originating in New Orleans around the beginning of the 20th century and developing through various increasingly complex styles, generally marked by intricate, propulsive rhythms, polyphonic ensemble playing, improvisatory, virtuosic solos, melodic freedom and a harmonic idiom ranging from simple diatonicism through chromasticism to atonality.”
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