I'm glad there's a day to recognize a musical art form that is so dear to my heart.
I love jazz for its freedom of expression. The way it invites the artist and listener to explore outside the lines.
How it can melt you with its smoldering sensuality one minute and ignite you with its hyper kinetic bebop-iness the next. How it so effortlessly provides the foundation for some of the best lyrics ever written.
I just wish more listeners would give jazz a chance. I sometimes wonder where is tomorrow's jazz audience? As a jazz lover, vocalist and programmer for a Performing Arts Center, I see with my own eyes the struggle many presenters and performers face in attracting audiences when bringing jazz to venues and local clubs.
It's like jazz is a four letter word. Well, it IS a four letter word, but you know what I mean. So many potential listeners trip over the label and run the other way, when in fact if they gave it half a chance, they might realize that they actually....like it.
Next week, I'll be sitting in on a few tunes with the Southcoast Jazz Orchestra at the Airport Grille on Monday, May 4. Then on Thursday, May 7th, John Harrison, Chris Richards and I will be making some noise at Fay's in Dartmouth.
Come out and give us a listen.
Try it. You might like it :)
I'll leave you with a recording of an original tune written by my sister Kathleen Rubbicco, and played beautifully by my friend, Matt Richard. You can download it if you like it, on my music page. It's called Morning Hours.