Over the years advertisers were reluctant to purchase ad space at All About Jazz because they saw more non-endemic ads than jazz ads," says Michael Ricci, All About Jazz and Jazz Near You Founder. But the click-through rate on our jazz banners run anywhere from 4 to 20 times industry average. And thanks to record labels like Nonesuch Records, ECM Records and Mack Avenue Records and presenters like SFJAZZ, the Keswick Theatre and the Painted Bride Art Center, endemic advertising is picking up and the trend should continue with the lauching of Jazz Near You."
I love jazz because it is in my blood. It is the only original American art form. It is sacred. The greatest musicians are jazz artists.
I was first exposed to jazz in 1961 listening to my father's records of Duke Ellington, Billy Strayhorn, Count Basie, Nat King Cole, Ben Webster, Coleman Hawkins, Lester Young.
I met Sonny Stitt, Wayne Shorter, Branford Marsalis, Joey Calderazzo, Michael Brecker, Cannonball Adderley, Walter Booker, Dave Liebman, Joe Lovano, George Benson, Mike
Stern, Stanley Turrentine, Billy Harper, Skip Hadden, Charlie Haden.
The best show I ever attended was Joe Lovano with Soundprints at the Wexner Center in Columbus Ohio in 2014.
The first jazz record I bought was Miles Smiles.