Jazz music may be overshadowed by hip hop and alternative rock these days but it doesn’t mean that you cannot find great places or events that focus on jazz. One good idea is to check out the local jazz festivals in your area.
This is an excellent option if you want to see jazz artists that do not get a lot of airplay on the jazz radio stations. Be sure to bring some extra cash because you’ll want to buy CDs, vinyl albums, crafts, food and posters as souvenirs. Another idea is to visit local jazz clubs. Many times these clubs will feature local jazz artists who combine jazz with other styles of music.
Fine dining establishments are cool places to hear live jazz music because you can hear the live bands while you eat a delicious meal. This setting is ideal for those who are planning a rehearsal dinner, marriage proposal, bridal shower or a date night as a break from the kids. You can learn more about the bands that play at the restaurant by downloading or buying their music from a music store.
Sometimes you can hear live jazz music at local record stores. This is because there are some jazz bands who like to promote their new releases at record stores rather than online or at events. The advantage to checking out bands here is that it is a more personal setting and you’re more likely to be around fellow jazz fans than you would at a generic concert that featured jazz artists.
College campuses should be considered when looking for live jazz music because most colleges have a music department and some colleges also have student jazz bands. You should see these performances because they are a neat way of supporting future jazz musicians. The students work hard on their instruments and the practice pays off at their concerts. In a time when music programs are being slashed from some elementary and secondary schools, it’s good to know that colleges still have them.
If you’re lucky enough you might be able to obtain tickets to the taping of a TV program where jazz bands play frequently. In this setting you do more than just hear the music. You get to hear an interview with the band and you’ll have a better understanding of how they got started, what influences them and what their future plans are. These suggestions will help you find diverse outlets for hearing good live jazz music.
administrator August 8, 2016
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