I am taking part in this year's Blogging from A to Z Challenge. This is my submission for J ...
Music is one of those areas where the bloke and I have tastes right at opposite ends of the spectrum. He's keen on heavy metal and I love jazz. Sadly, music tends to be one thing we plain don't do together.
I like a bit of sax - be that soprano, bass or anything in between - I'm an admirer of a good horn player and there's nothing nicer than a bit of tinkly piano. I can even appreciate the difference between a good drummer and an adequate one - when its jazz.
I was brought up listening to jazz singers, whilst being aware that my father had a "thing" for jazz piano (my mother wasn't keen so that didn't cross over into family listening). As I was growing up, the Beatles were the big phenomena and that lead me towards more mainstream pop. As time went by, my taste expanded to include blues and folk. But I always liked things with a jazzy edge.
As a grown up - we'll just cast a veil over just how grown up - I started to poke around in my Dad's jazz piano collection. At around the same time, I discovered a radio station that played nothing but jazz and I quickly decided music mattered more than the DJ. I don't like only jazz, my tastes are pretty darn catholic, but I do prefer my music with a jazzy edge, or a bluesy edge, or a bit of the old hip-swinging samba style.
For the past few years, I've been a regular at a live music club where the sunday lunchtime sessions were given over to the owner's indulgence of great jazz. I've listened to everything from good honking to quite staggeringly stunning talent there. Its a small venue - casual, intimate and friendly, with regulars both knowledgeable and appreciative. Its been a real education for me. You see, I've long known and loved the old gods and goddesses of jazz, but the talents of today were more of a mystery. Since then, I've had the joy of discovering supreme saxophonist Benn Clatworthy, the fabulously funky Sarah Gillespie and the mad, bad and utterly amazingly talented, Gilad Atzmon - just to name my personal highlights.
Sadly, the club has closed, so I'm on the hunt for somewhere new that doesn't involve visiting London ...
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