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's sophisticated, international, atmospheric yet free, cool and warm.
I was first exposed to jazz through the sultry voice and flawless swing of my mother.
I met Mark Murphy, David Linx, Kurt Elling, and Youn Sun Nah.
The best show I ever attended was Youn Sun Nah in Paris.
The first jazz record I bought was Native Dancer by Wayne Shorter and Milton Nascimento
My advice to new listeners: open your mind and your ears, forget about structure, feel the textures.
Go see live music and keep buying CDs!