Gregory Porter Video

Hey Jazz fans! I have a treat for you today – in my previous post we spoke about Gregory Porter winning the International Jazz Artist of the Year award.

Well, a buddy of mine sent me a brilliant video of Gregory Porter in action, which I want to share with you today. I was quite surprised because I had no idea my buddy was into jazz, he runs a business selling dog clippers but it turns out he’s a massive jazz fan!

Anyway, here is the video…..

Good isn’t it – I love this tune! What did you think? You can leave your comments below. What is your favourite Gregory Porter song?

This has to be one of mine but there are so many good ones to choose from! That’s enough from me for today, I’m going back to You Tube and listen to more magic from the great Gregory Porter!

International Jazz Artist of the Year

Who won in 2015? Drum roll please…..

Gregory Porter! Congratulations man, you deserve it. What’s more this is Gregory’s second Jazz FM award and he fought off some stiff competition too.

He beat the likes of Antonio Sanchez and Snarky Puppy. Gregory actually performed a surprised gig at the Wildlife Festival this weekend – he went on stage and performed his famous single ‘Holding On’, which went down very well!

If you want to see Gregory perform live you can see him at the following venues:

De La Warr Pavillion, Bexhill-on-Sea – 24th June
Nocturne Live (with Van Morrison) – 25th June
Glastonbury – 27th June
Henley Festival – 10th July
Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul Festival – 12th July
V Festival 2015 – 22nd-23rd August

If you go to any of them I hope you have a great time!

It’s not just Illinois having a Jazz renaissance!

Yep, that’s right, it’s happening all over the USA. Especially in Florida at the moment.

I know. Crazy, right? Florida? You betcha! There are jazz clubs popping up everywhere. I have a buddy who lives in Sarasota, he told me that he’s found an awesome jazz club in town called the ‘Jazz Club of Sarasota’ (go figure) and he loves it!

He said the club is becoming more and more popular, which is great to see because it means more and more people are starting to listen to jazz!

Where do you live in the USA? Are there any up and coming jazz clubs in your area? If there are then I want to hear about them. If you’re lucky we might even be able to review them on the blog :-)

Or maybe you own a jazz club – that’s even better! Get in touch and let us know if jazz is having a renaissance in your town. It would be great to hear from you.

In the meantime I’m going to leave you with this classic piece of music from Duke Ellington – enjoy!

What Is Your Favourite Jazz Band and Why?

Hey Jazz lovers! I want you to get involved….. I want to know what is your favourite Jazz Band in the whole world and I want to know why!

Is it their music? Their charismatic front man that you have a crush on? Or anything else! I want to know who they are, where they come from and why you love them so much.

Explain what sort of Jazz they play – smooth, soft, funky or peaceful. Maybe they’re a new up and coming band and you want to get the word out about them. That’s cool too.

The purpose of this site is to get people talking about Jazz! Not everyone will have the same tastes but that’s fine – we can all learn from each other. After all, we are all here for the same reason – our mutual love of jazz music.

So, leave me a comment below and let me know who your favourite band are and why you love them so much….. speak soon Jazz fans :-) Peace.

Summer Chill Out

I have another treat for you today – a three hour Jazz Instrumental session for you – a true summer chill out compilation.

Sometimes you just need to kick back and relax, empty your mind and soak up the wonderful sound of jazz with your favourite drink in one hand, whilst tapping the beat with the other.

What could be better than that? Enjoy the video below – I know I will. :-)

What did you think of that? 3 hours of soft, relaxing tunes to keep you nice and relaxed this summer.

TOP TIP: If you want more videos like this, just head on over to YouTube, they have a ton of videos just like this.

Be careful though! It’s highly addictive surfing the web listening and watching jazz videos! I should know because I’ve wasted entire days doing this! It was a lot of fun though :-)

One more thing, if there are any particular songs or tracks you want me to showcase on the blog, just leave a comment below and I will see what I can do!

The Very Best of Jazz

Hey Jazz lovers… I’ve got a special treat for you today! The video below is a compilation of the best jazz music ever created. OK, I may be biased because I’m a huge fan of jazz but I think there is something for everyone in the video below! Enjoy :-)

Well, what did you think? If you’re a fan of jazz then you would of loved it! Not a fan of jazz? I would love to know what you thought of the video.

I’m on a mission to get as many people as possible into jazz music and I’ll be sharing a lot more videos on the blog for you to enjoy.

I’ll make sure that future videos aren’t as long as the one above! I know it went on a bit! If you watched it all the way through then I applaud you!

If you have any requests of artists or songs you would like to see on the blog just let me know and I’ll post them for you. In the meantime I am trying to get together a big collection of the best jazz clubs around the USA.

If you know any that are worthy of being mentioned please let me know – I’ll be doing a review of the best of the best. If you want your favourite club to be included just let me know!

The World of Jazz Is Making a Comeback!

Yep, that’s right…. Jazz is back. I’m not sure why but over the last decade or so Jazz clubs in Illinois took a bit of a nose dive and people lost interested in the smooth, humble sound that we call Jazz.

Jazz word cloud

Why did this happen? Who knows. It could have been for a number of reasons – maybe people’s taste in music just changed or maybe a few Jazz legends died and people in the area kinda lost interest.

To be honest, whatever the reason was, I don’t care. Because Jazz is making a comeback. There are new jazz clubs popping up all over the place and the existing ones are becoming more and more popular.

Places like Andy’s Jazz club and restaurant, The Green Mill and The Jazz Showcase are getting busier and busier every week! This is great news for Jazz fans :-)

One of my buddies, went to Andy’s Jazz Club and Restaurant and that’s all he could talk about – he loved it!

He’s never really been into Jazz but after one night at Andy’s he was hooked. He was only in town for 4 nights and spent half of them at Andy’s!

Historically, Jazz has always been popular in Chicago, especially Illinois and it’s great to see the jazz scene back where it should – back on the map becoming more popular than ever.

If you are from Illinois but never been to a jazz club then you should definitely treat yourself. Take your husband, wife, partner or a group of friends to the nearest club and enjoy yourselves!

Even if you have never really been a fan of jazz I encourage you to give it a try. You might be surprised how much you enjoy it. Once you get into the rhythm and you’ve had a few drinks you’ll be rocking the night away to the wonderful sound of Jazz.

It’s not just illinois that is seeing a comeback in the jazz scene. It’s happening all over the country – all four corners of the USA are seeing a renaissance in the jazz scene. Don’t fight it – instead enjoy it and let yourself be carried away in the sound of Jazz!