Why I Listen to Jazz

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William Faulkner once said:

“Music is the easiest means in which to express, but since words are my talent, I must try to express clumsily in words what the pure music would have done better.”  

This is truly what Jazz is all about – expressing emotion through music.  I pretty much love all types of music and I don’t quite get people who don’t give different genres a chance. If you’ve never been exposed to Jazz here are three things you should consider when approaching it for the first time.


1. See It Live

Listening to Jazz and seeing it live are two different experiences. Great jazz musicians have a unique conversation each and every time you hear them. Knowing you’re hearing something you will never hear again makes it all the more special.

2. Don’t Try to Hard

Jazz should be easy, this isn’t classical where you have to concentrate deeply.  Sometimes the best way to enjoy jazz is to stop listening and let your mind wander.  You don’t have to be an expert to enjoy it.

3. Find Someone Really Really Good

This doesn’t mean spending a lot of money.  There is great Jazz in most cities and sometimes the best are free. But keep listening until you find something you like.


To get you started, enjoy three of my favorite Jazz vocalists and if you ever get the chance to see them in person don’t miss it.

Stacey Kent

Cassandra Wilson

Madeleine Peyroux