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    Posted: 04 Apr 2021 at 12:22am
Similar to some of the others, I was looking for a change from rock, metal, pop, and stumbled across Norah Jones, Tom Waits, then that led to Nina Simone and from there into the usual suspects of Miles Davis, Art Pepper, John Coltrane, and the list goes on and on from there as I explore.
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As a poor, lower-middle class Eastern European with basic musical education from state school (when I say basic, I mean it - we learned about the Western canon, the spirituals, Gershwin and not much else, which allowed me later to view 20th century classical as a more rebellious thing than it is perceived in some more privileged quarters nowadays...), it was a cable channel - Mezzo TV - that exposed me to the beauty of jazz, though not in a very diverse manner - their narrow programme for jazz was stuffed mostly with French jazz, European jazz, and not the most adventurous -, yet it still was exciting to hear while seeing how musicians perform... My town didn't have a jazz festival (there is one organized instead in Tulcea, but I never afforded even going there), and the only jazz club faded away by the time I matured, so my biggest friend has been the Internet in this matter.

Before Brexit, I was daydreaming about potentially living around London and taking the underground to Cafe Oto, but I am more likely to move out from Romania to Germany, perhaps Berlin. 
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Hello - can't wait to read everyone's stories Smile  Here's mine in a nutshell..  I played a lot of guitar and listened/played Towner, Metheny, Return to Forever, etc .. But on a car ride across the country I heard sun ship play on the radio, which was a revelation, epiphanous really.  Within a week I happen upon a vinyl copy in the used bin, and - I was hooked.  I've been obssessed since.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Catcher10 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 14 Jun 2020 at 11:26pm
Since creating this thread 9yrs ago.....I'm proud to write my collection has been growing nicely, especially the past 2-3yrs. Second I walk into a record store I head for the Jazz section.
I have a good selection of styles but really focus on Hard Bop genre, that 1950s-1960s stuff really makes my turntable happy!
My jazz collection....a work in progress.
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My dad would listen to 88.1 (K-Jazz) in the car as a kid (and he still does). I've always liked both regular jazz and Latin jazz and I've liked it more and more as I've gotten older. 
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''What'' got me into Jazz has been ..this.. Live Music Show from 1968,!!
As 'young-student' I have seen this totally unknown to me,!! jazz-drummer..: Max Roach, to play a 'Drums Solo'.,!!.
Well, from the 'day-after'..: jazz-drummers were in my 'mind'..



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=59RTAEhvV4g   
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This video actually:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AMQD3Bv5ZG4&t=1826s
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Louie Armstrong on saxophone?!?
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For sure it was this genius of the saxophone - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Louis_Armstrong
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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 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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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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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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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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I am now 70 years old and have been a "Jazz" fan since my teenage years. I guess I found Jazz by myself none of my family or friends were into it.

The earliest piece that influenced me was Dave Brubeck's Take five which was often played on the radio in the early 60's it was a popular tune.

The first 2 Jazz records I bought were Jaques Lousier's Play Bach and Mose Allison cant remember the record name, sad to hear of his death the other day, I have several of his records now.

I guess my favourite Jazz is small group type favourites include; Kenny Wheeler, John Abercrombie, EST, John Coltrane, Miles Davies, etc.

I also like classical music in the string quartet form.

I guess the common link is that in small groups of musicians it is easier to follow the interplay between the different plays and follow the diverging patterns. That what engages me.

I have in excess of 1,000 cds and am a regular listener to an American radio station (via the internet) JAZZ24, great channel no adverts, recommended.

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Thank you for the warm welcome.

And yeah Lisa Named one of her cats Coletraine. Learning about Jazz through the longest running animated show in America.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote js Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 Mar 2015 at 9:27am
Welcome to the site, I like the jazz on vinyl too, also the Simpsons.
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3 things

My dad exposing me to Big Band when I was 8.
Watching The Cosby show as a kid, The Simpsons and Family Guy (didn't know who Mingus was until Quagmire mentioned him) as an adult.
But what really got me into Jazz was when Cowboy Bebop got reissued and I fell in love with both IT and the Music and wanted to find more stuff that sounded like that soundtrack. So that's when I actively started researching Jazz and it was right around the time I got a turntable (a few months ago) so pretty much I've been grabbing Jazz on Vinyl like crazy for the last 3 months.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote zwordser Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 05 Mar 2015 at 6:36pm
Wow, the question makes me realize I don't know for sure. Either it was a gradual process, or I've forgotten something; I don't remember any moment of finding jazz. In any case, I'm sure the jazz program on public radio that played every night where I grew up was instrumental in getting me to like jazz. By the time I was in my early 20's, I had moved away from rock for a while, and I loved both classical and jazz.
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When I say "jazz", I actually mean jazz.
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