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Maria for over 40 years as a performer, she\'s literally lived the life of someone steeped in the American roots music songbook, whether it\'s blues, jazz, gospel, folk, country or rhythm & blues. She\'s the real deal... more
I love jazz because it is a pure American music and can be expressed in different ways depending upon the artist.
I was first exposed to jazz while as a teenager I listened to Duke Ellington, Benny Goodman, and Louis Armstrong, on a jazz
radio station in New York City.