Hooked on Jazz
[ Issue 43 ]

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Hooked on Jazz

Our new series continues.  This time the contributor is Col White.
 

My interest in jazz started as a mild affliction and gradually developed into a mild addiction.

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Hooked on Jazz — Col White
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My interest in jazz started as a mild affliction and gradually developed into a mild addiction.

As a teenager I loved listening to Louis Armstrong play his cornet, but was not too fussed with his singing: it took me a while to appreciate and enjoy that aspect of his music.

Then — I suspect it was round 1960 — I heard Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen perform their version of Midnight in Moscow and I was well and truly hooked. I joined a jazz record club and listened to whatever jazz I could hear on the radio (my only source was the dear old ABC), and this opened up all the varying forms of the music to me. I discovered such great musicians as Miles Davis, Thelonious Monk, Oscar Peterson, Zoot Sims and Keith Jarrett, etc., etc. I now have a collection of about 200 jazz CDs.

These days I particularly enjoy listening to the music of some wonderfully talented Australian jazz musicians. If we rewarded their talents the same way as we reward our sportsmen, a lot of these musicians would be millionaires.

A rather sad comment on our priorities.

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