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Lil' Drummer Girl


Apr 16, 2018

Are you a Jazz fan? One of my favorite music genres is Jazz. I recently learned that April is Jazz Appreciation Month so I would like to talk about what you can do today to celebrate it. 

My family would always play music in the house and my mom and dad loved all of the best that music had to offer, from Benny Goodman, Tony Bennett, Ella Fitzgerald, Broadway show tunes and so much more. There was always a great tune playing in the house. So, at an early age (as early as I can recall – age 3) I was turned onto all the Jazz standards as well as good old rock and roll from my older siblings.

 

Jazz has such a long history and its roots toward today's music is astounding. Without Jazz, we probably wouldn't have more than half of the music we listen to today.

 

Set up in 2001, Jazz Appreciation Month a/k/a JAM was created to promote jazz both as a historical and contemporary art form.

 

Washington DC remains its main home with an extensive program of events, so if you live in that area, be sure to check out what's happening there.  If not, I'm sure your town has something cool going on.

During JAM, schools, concert halls, and libraries are encouraged to host events to get local areas more interested. So pull out your local newspapers, go online and check it out.

I thank the universe every day that I was brought up in one of the greatest cities in the world, New York City, the big apple.  New York City was the hub for the Jazz world.  I found myself going to see some of the most amazing musicians perform live.  Here are some of the best places to catch a live show:

Arthur's Tavern

55 Bar

Birdland

Blue Note

Bluewater Grill

Village Vanguard

Cleopatra's Needle

Dizzy's Club

Fat Cat

Fez Under the Time Cafe

Guggenheim Museum

Jazz Gallery

Iridium

Jazz Standard

Jules Bistro

Knickerbocker Salon

Metronome Jazz Lounge

Smalls Live

Smoke

Swing 49

Zinc Bar


What can you do to celebrate? Well, you can start by looking through yours or your families collection of CD's, vinyl records or and play some on your downtime or while you're working.  If you don't own any, try to pick up some new ones.  I'm listing below just a few of my faves(there are too many that I love to list).  Maybe some of them are your favorites as well.

Here are a few of my favorite Jazz tunes:

Jazz for Peanuts - David Benoit

United We Swing: Best of the Jazz at Lincoln Center Galas

Wynton Marsalis Septet & Wynton Marsalis

Greatest Jazz Concert in the world

A Smooth Jazz Tribute to Earth Wind and Fire

The Very Best of Nat King Cole

The Best of Jazz Crusaders

Stompin’ at the Savoy – Benny Goodman

Brazilian Nights by Jack Jezzro

US3 Cantaloop 2004

David Benoit Collection

The Best of Dizzy Gillespie

 

And I'm in Love these vinyl record coasters

 

One last thing about Jazz -- it is a celebration of freedom so have a party with your friends and family, make it a “roaring 20's” theme and get your boogie shoes on and dance, baby, dance.

 

Jazz On & Jazz Out,

 

With Love,


Dawn-Marie

XO

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