Within the last few years, I have become an avid jazz fan and am continuously learning more about this intriguing and liberating music and its history. Jazz is such an important part of popular music, and while it has unfortunately become merely an afterthought in much of the public eye, there are still many people who support this genre and want to see it continue to blossom as a rich, historical culture.
The mainstream perception about jazz is that it is this incredibly complex, serious music that cannot be enjoyed by common folk. Sadly, I used to believe that same theory, but this music is no different from listening to pop, hip hop, country, or folk. It’s the feeling that matters and as Bob Marley once said, “one good thing about music is when it hits you, you feel no pain.” If you get a feeling or are moved while listening to Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On” but don’t get a similar feeling when listening to John Coltrane’s “A love supreme” then you clearly are not listening to the music.
While jazz does have a level of musical complexity, that is still no reason to completely dismiss it from one’s musical repertoire. Listening and learning can be an amazing experience, its just up to you whether or not you want to put in that extra effort.
I am in no way an expert on jazz, but that is my goal.
This section will document my experiences in jazz and serve as a learning guide as I continue to educate myself about “America’s classical music.”
“Jazz washes away the dust of everyday life”— Art Blakey, drummer, and leader of The Jazz Messengers