All About Jazz polls our readership from time to time. Here are the results from the 2013 Jazz Near You survey.
In a nutshell: most jazz fans attend one concert a month and plan for it weeks in advance; learn about events mostly from friends; like the Blues; prefer intimate venues; attend one festival per year; travel up to 100 miles; are 40+ years of age, and men.
I love jazz because it swings.
I was first exposed to jazz in Houston.
I met Joe LoCascio and Bob Henschen.
The best show I ever attended was Pat Martino.
The first jazz record I bought was Time Out by the Dave Brubeck Quartet.
My advice to new listeners is to relax on 2 and 4 beats.