There’s something about Jazz that touches my soul. I mean, there’s no way to be in a bad mood when listening to a good Jazz musician.
So, since today is International Jazz Day I thought blogging about some great Jazz musicians would be perfect. One of the things we like to blog about here at Her Blaze is getting out and supporting our local artists.
We’ve talked about street art, most of it resembling graffiti type art. But we forgot something…street musicians.
I found some great street performances on Playing For Change. It reminded me of the video Her Blaze CEO/founder took of a young kid playing music as a way to help his family.
If you missed it , have a listen to this young violinist here. Street musicians aren’t a new form of art.
There is documented proof all the way back to the 1800’s in London but we certainly overlook their importance today.
I was bummed that I didn’t know any street musicians because I definitely wanted to give a personal touch to this blog. Then it hit me!
I know a musician. A Jazz musician!!! Many of you aren’t aware that I am a therapist in a juvenile detention center and that, of all places is where I met this amazingly talented, Jazz musician, saxophonist, and all around nice guy.
My friend Sam can really capture one’s attention. See for yourself what a passionate, talented musician he is on the Her Blaze instagram page.
You can also see more of Sam’s (IAmSam_T) work on his Instagram page.
Jazz music is special genre. The great Willie Nelson said, “three chords and the truth-that’s what a country song is.”
Now, I know Jazz and Country are different but this quote is exactly how I feel when I hear Jazz. Every note played just hits clear to my core.
Much like Willie’s statement, Ornette Coleman said “Jazz is the only music in which the same note can be played night after night but differently each time.”
Since today is International Jazz day, we not only hope you stop and support all the street musicians you hear, we also hope if you’re a street musician or a Jazz musician that you submit your work to Her Blaze.
I can’t wait to see all of the amazing music that you send our way. And for those of you who are competitive, I challenge you even more.
We especially want to see musicians cover Britney Spears, Michael Jackson and Freddie Mercury. Can’t play the sax like Sam? That’s okay.
We want to see any and all genres and instruments. We got some pretty amazing musicians with our last challenge.
I know this isn’t a challenge blog, but rather a blog to encourage you to go out and support your local artists. But we hope you’ll share your music with us anyway!