I have a magnetic pull towards Contemporary Jazz and love to hear the stories from the Musicians that make the music.
I grew up on the Northwest side of Detroit, and although I lived a couple of blocks away from the public schools, I was ushered off to private schools in the suburbs. I took a 1 hour bus ride from my home to Bloomfield Hills during my grade school days, and it was still an exciting time in the Motown years. We would pass by Levi Stubbs of the Four Tops mowing his lawn; Marvin Gaye outside his home on Outer Drive; my best friend at the time lived next to one of the Spinners. Music and Musicians were all around me.
When I carpooled to High School in Farmington Hills, I would attend parties with Gladys Knights children, my first date was with the nephew of one of the Pips. I don’t think that I’ll ever forget meeting Gladys on the school bleachers one day, with Kenya introducing her…”Lory, this is my Mom”. Um-er-um-er-um. It was all I could do to stay ON the bleacher!
High school I let my “Right On!” magazine subscription finally lapse, and liked such opposites as The Bay City Rollers, Peter Frampton, Kiss and Gino Vannelli. We went to every Kiss show in Detroit from Sophomore year on, but I was mesmerized by Gino’s “Gist of the Gemini”, and the orchestral music that surrounded it.
Later, it was Duran Duran, Howard Jones and Thomas Dolby, along with Al Jarreau, David Sanborn and Spyro Gyra. The magnetism of the contemporary jazz instrumental music was apparent again in the past 5 years, re-awakened by Jeff Kashiwa’s “Hyde Park”, and multiplied with live music by Peter White, Gerald Albright, Jeff Golub, Euge Groove and Kirk Whalum.
I am a self confirmed “SuperFan”, that not only enjoys meeting the Artists, but enjoys the music profoundly and wants to do my part to support the Artists in any way I possibly can! I don’t claim to be a journalist. Just fanatical about the music, and the musicians that make it. Don’t worry, I’m not stalking your houses, or calling you and hanging up. But I’m darned happy to see you, when I get the chance!