LISTEN, LEARN, LOVE
It's easier than ever to appreciate jazz music and musicians
Audio streaming may have cause an upheaval in income streaming for musicians of every stripe, but it's been a boon to audiences. Music lovers can now sample any and every style and genre via internet radio, listen to interviews on podcasts, and even watch performances of the legends as well as the latest artists.
This page is a primer on just a few of the places to listen to, learn about, and fall in love with the multifaceted art of jazz.
Thanks to Youtube, Vimeo and videos posted on artist websites, we now get to see the latest offerings from contemporary favorites right alongside classic clips from concerts long past.
What's your favorite?
Here's one of ours … taken from a 2018 concert by the Chick Corea Elektric Band at Catalina's Bar and Grill in Los Angeles. It features 2019 Jazz Festival headliner Eric Marienthal on saxophone, along with guitarist Frank Gambale, bassist John Patitucci, drummer Dave Weckl and Chick on keyboards.
Jazz Radio is a free, commercial-supported internet station with scads of format options. A premium ad-free service is offered, the currently the commercial interruptions are few and the sets long. Check out JAZZ RADIO
With global access to the internet freeing brick-mortar-and-signal tower radio stations to connect with people across the planet, listener loyalty is now a product of programming rather than proximity. So you can go out and find your favorite station in Chicago, Miami, Austin or New Orleans and get some regional flavor along with your straight-ahead, smooth, urban or other forms of jazz. One station with national – even international – appeal is Newark's WBGO, which can be streamed live here.
Here is Southern California, two premiere options are Saddleback College's KSBR, now jointly managed with Cal State University Northridge, and the Southland's long-standing pillar of jazz music and community involvement, KKJZ on the Cal State University Long Beach campus.