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By 1999 I had mostly been a classic rock fan, with a smattering of classical, blues and 2 or 3 jazz CDs just to vary my collection a bit. 
 
Prior to Christmas that year I mentioned to my wife that I should 'add a bit more jazz' to my collection which was 90% rock.  So she bought me the 2-disc Sony release "Jazz- The Definitive Performances" which spanned milestone recordings from 1917-1997.  Almost overnight I became obsessed with the sample tracks from Kind of Blue, Time Out, Mingus Ah Um, Concert By the Sea, and especially "Nica's Dream" by the 1956 edition of the Jazz Messengers.  In fact before too long, I had bought the full albums these tracks originated from.  And not long after that, I had acquired Horace Silver's "Song For My Father" which began my ongoing mission to acquire as many Blue Note albums as I could. 
So in the 17 years since, although I have not stopped listening to non-jazz, jazz in almost all of its forms has been my main interest.  80% of my collection resides in the hard bop/ free bop 1955-1965 release timeframe, but I always enjoy discovering new eras and subgenres.  Lately I have been delving into the soul-jazz era of the late 60s and discovering albums by Reuben Wilson and latter era Grant Green.  But if I ever get sent to that desert island, I will be grabbing as many Horace Silver, Joe Henderson, and Kenny Dorham CDs as I possibly can!
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For me it was growing up in a household where Benny Goodman and Charlie Parker recordings were played when I was a baby. Wherever my tastes of the moment stray, I always come back to jazz.
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My dad would always listen to jazz and latin jazz on the radio when I was a kid (and he still does) and we would drive around at night listening to jazz. Nothing better than listening to jazz while looking at the city lights at night.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote JonesJazz Fan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08 Jan 2018 at 5:52pm
Strangely it was video games like Final Fantasy growing up, and anime. I didn't understand what was going on in the music, then my dad was playing a Larry Carlton record, and then I fell in love with the music. The rest is history. I try to incorporate that sound in my own music actually.

https://youtu.be/sKeHGCjlkyM
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I listened almost exclusively to punk rock until I heard A Night in Tunisia, and was blown away that an album could start out with over a full minute of smashing cymbals and breakneck drums, and instantly fell in love with the genre
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Frederic_Alderon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Nov 2018 at 12:54pm
For sure it was this genius of the saxophone - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Armstrong
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote js Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 10 Nov 2018 at 2:23pm
Louie Armstrong on saxophone?!?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Frederic_Alderon Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 13 Nov 2018 at 1:45pm
This video actually:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMQD3Bv5ZG4&t=1826s
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