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I'm definitely enjoying some of the replies here...everyone has a story!
Mine starts at an early age, although I didn't appreciate it much at the time.  My grandpa was an arranger in the late 40's for the Buddy Rich Orchestra, as well as for Bob Chester.  In the 50's he started a music program in his hometown's school district.  When I was 7, he started me on the trumpet.  It wasn't until I was in my late 20's that I got interested in my grandpa's arrangements. but I started inputting them into the computer and getting them performed/recorded.

Meanwhile, my uncle is a host of a popular jazz radio program, and his show spotlights more of the modern big bands of today.  However, he had me listening to Maynard Ferguson as a kid and I loved it.

However, I wasn't a jazzhead back then at all.  I was pretty much into stuff that wasn't all that great.

But when I got into my first college, our band director basically yelled at us one day because we couldn't get the style right.  He told us we didn't listen to the right kind of music.  It was then that I realized that I should start listening to jazz instead of the crap I had been filling my head with, so I went out and bought all sorts of stuff, mainly small group Blue Note sessions from the late 50s and early 60's.  Well, I got hooked on it.  And like I said, a few years later I got an interest in m grandpa's music.  I plan on getting his music crowd funded so that I can pay musicians to record it all, because a lot of it is not recorded and it needs to be.  Some of his writing is really hip, even though he didn't think so.
That's my story, the really, really short version.
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... I'm not sur i'm "into jazz" yet.

I'd say ... I don't know how it will be received here but my first jazzy stuff was jamie cullum's early cds.

After that, I tried classic jazz pianists but it didn't click.
Then I got into prog and actual musicality and Brad Mehldau, Pat Metheny and Hiromi were the ambassadors who allowed for a rererelistening of Kind of Blue which I start to fully enjoy.

Also, Joe Pass.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote js Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 May 2013 at 8:44pm
Yeah, I'm sure I have some of his records, I collect exotica and artsy easy listening. it used to be easy to find records like that at thrift stores etc, not as much anymore
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I think you're right.  when i searched for Al's book it came up with some old looking albums:
 
 
He has a sweet guitar.   Ever heard his stuff?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote js Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 May 2013 at 7:55pm
Now I'm trying to remember who Al Caiola is, I think he's a 60s easy listening performer or arranger. Confused
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Money!  Found it on amazon and looks like exactly what i'm looking for. 
 
Thanks again JS
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote js Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 03 May 2013 at 7:46pm
I'm sorry, I had the name wrong, its: "the History of Jazz" by Ted Gioia. Its a fun read, not boring at all. I found my copy at a Barnes and Nobles store.
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JS,
 
Can you provide a link to the book?  Can not find on Amazon.
 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote js Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 02 May 2013 at 4:30pm
I recently read Al Caiola's new history of jazz book and found it to be outstanding. I like the way he can deal with the entire history and any genre from traditional to avant-garde, just an excellent book all-around.
He gives out many album recommendations during the course of the book.


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My brother gave me Chet Baker's "Chet" as a gift almost 10 years ago and I have slowly been adding to my Jazz collection since.  In that time I've discovered the classics, Miles, Monk, Montgomery, Adderly, etc.
 
But lateley I'm really wanting to get deeper into Jazz so found this site.  Any good books on best Jazz albums out there?  My search of amazon did not reveal the "must have" jazz album book.
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From what I can remember, my father played the Ramsey Lewis trio in the 60's. As a teen, I liked Earth Wind & Fire, who in the early days played improvised music. That makes sense because Maurice White was the drummer for a while in the Ramsey Lewis trio. I bought the Crusaders Street Life album and saw them at Carnagie Hall in 1980. I guess these were my early influences to jazz.


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One of my first jazz records was a Jimmy Smith best of, I have several of those now, still like them. 
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The first jazz record I ever heard that really connected with me (a hitherto inveterate Prog Rock and Post Punk fan) was a Best of Jimmy Smith compilation. It ain't that hard to unearth the attraction eg. Hammond organ being de rigueur in 70's prog, bop vocabulary assuaged by Blues inflections plus funky drums and Lalo Schifrin horn charts that require a change of clothing in the listener.  However, at many parties circa 1990 when I lived in London, the mention of Jimmy Smith was met with the rebarbative refrain that 'it's only blues' as though this invalidated the spirit of the music.

Hey ho, some things cannot be invalidated by description....
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A French orchestra video in Youtube, I enjoyed it hundreds times, every time new joy,

Then started deep digging Jazz, now here, which I suppose give new dimension to my lust
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote js Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Dec 2012 at 4:40pm
I play out almost every weekend in the Memphis and North Miss area, as well as the casinos in North Miss., its just local bar band music, RnB, funk, blues or rock depending on the band.
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Maybe Caliente? Don't remember if they have a jukebox or not, but they're locally owned, on campus, and lots of hipsters work there, so the music choice is more likely to be unusual for the area. Do you play? Maybe you've encountered a few family friends or perhaps some family members.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote js Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20 Dec 2012 at 12:45pm
Don't remember now, they were playing some high speed techno-cumbia on the juke box, I was surprised to hear that in the south, it sounded more like something you'd hear on the west coast.
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Which restaurant? Qdoba? Caliente Grill?
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I've been through there many times, often as the turn off towards Mobile, stopped at a Mexican restaurant not long ago.
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