Jazz for mick

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© John Linton
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As a youth I was in love with music that possessed an energy and emotion. This meant that the music I listened to then was from the blues and rock genres. The more a song in those genres wandered toward the middle of the road the less it interested me. As time passed reggae, punk, metal, and grunge seemed to at times possess the same energy and emotion.

One day I wandered into the office of a colleague who I knew to be a jazz lover and asked him to recommend a jazz album. Without hesitation he turned to me and said, “’Kind of Blue’ by Miles Davis.” A couple of days later he gave me an old copy of his. It was love at first listen. I had to listen to more so back I went to get a list of albums he’d recommend. A few years later he asked if I’d want to attend the Newport Jazz Festival. I said yes.

He’s tutoring me on jazz. Jazz it seems possesses a small, but loyal fan base that accounts for only a small fraction of total music sales. There are no Grand Ole Opry or Fillmore auditoriums in the jazz world, just a few very small venues trying to stay in business. Even though the Newport Jazz Festival is the granddaddy of all jazz festivals it struggles each year to stay financially alive.

At the Newport Jazz Festival I soon learned that the main tent held little interest for me. The energy and emotion resides in the side tents. George Wein, the promoter of the Newport Jazz Festival, seems to know that he can’t sell enough tickets without headliners that are more smooth jazz if they are jazz at all. Smooth jazz just puts me to sleep.

The three photos are of Matthew Shipp playing one of the side stages (he played with Joe Morris & Marshall Allan) at the Newport Jazz Festival

Canon EOS 350D camera with a Sigma AF 18-200mm DC OS Zoom lens

Canon PhotoStudio stitch of three pics

8 August 2010

Thanks to David Fullman for the spotlight.

34 responses

  • mick tavy

    mick tavy (Deleted) said (26 Feb 2011):

    thank you friend.

  • Kathleen Mercado

    Kathleen Mercado (Deleted) said (26 Feb 2011):


  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes gave props (26 Feb 2011):

    superb stitching

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (26 Feb 2011):

    Wonderful stitch! I would like to like jazz, but I can't seem to master it. My husband loves it!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (26 Feb 2011):

    This is an awesome stich and entry John. I do love all sorts of styles of music but Jazz is not one that has really bitten me. Perhaps I should get that list from you.

  • gerry cyr

    gerry cyr gave props (26 Feb 2011):

    nicely done John

  • Nancy Richard

    Nancy Richard gave props (26 Feb 2011):

    Great stitich! I'm a smooth jazz lover, but like Mike Renzi or Mack Crupkala on the board, though I sometimes listen to Gray Sargeant or John Baboian on guitar, both extremely talented guitar players.

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz gave props (26 Feb 2011):


  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (26 Feb 2011):

    Outstanding stitch and entry!

  • Al Gieryna

    Al Gieryna gave props (26 Feb 2011):

    Stellar shot, John..."Kind of Blue" by Miles is one of my favorite jazz albums. Often in heavy rotation at our house.

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (26 Feb 2011):

    Could NOT be better!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (26 Feb 2011):

    Truly wonderful stitch of 3 pictures and I like your well written personal story that tells how you got started in loving jazz..

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (26 Feb 2011):

    Excellent in every way, great entry , love the narrative

  • peggy gardner

    peggy gardner gave props (26 Feb 2011):

    rockin the theme !

  • P. Michael Bodigor

    P. Michael Bodigor gave props (26 Feb 2011):

    Nice sequence, can almost feel the beat.

  • sandeep mishra

    sandeep mishra gave props (27 Feb 2011):

    yep..absolutely rocking the theme!

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (27 Feb 2011):

    Love this, nice combination of images. Well done.

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (27 Feb 2011):


  • Mark Gilliland

    Mark Gilliland gave props (27 Feb 2011):

    Love it!!

  • petey whitelaw

    petey whitelaw gave props (27 Feb 2011):

    'its all jazz man"

  • ina:botao

    ina:botao (Deleted) said (28 Feb 2011):

    super sequence!

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (28 Feb 2011):

    A really wonderful jazzy collage!

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (28 Feb 2011):

    The images capture the essence of jazz so beautifully.. terrific narrative.. great entry!

  • Woj

    Woj (Deleted) gave props (28 Feb 2011):


  • ajtiM

    ajtiM (Deleted) said (28 Feb 2011):

    excellent work!

  • Debbie Smartt

    Debbie Smartt   gave props (28 Feb 2011):

    Soft jazz is my favorite! Great story and photo!

  • misha otaared

    misha otaared gave props (28 Feb 2011):

    beautifully done, john. (and i'm w/ you re: smooth jazz.)

  • Debrah Leonard

    Debrah Leonard (Deleted) gave props (1 Mar 2011):


  • dawn duffield

    dawn duffield gave props (2 Mar 2011):

    Excellent story, John, and the image fits perfectly

  • jan-louise haller

    jan-louise haller gave props (4 Mar 2011):

    Wonderful presentation John !

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (5 Mar 2011):

    beautiful !!! Great shot perfect for theme!!!!

  • Maria Mutch

    Maria Mutch (Deleted) gave props (7 Mar 2011):

    smiling here in RI --great narrative, too.

  • Miguel Folch

    Miguel Folch said (14 Mar 2011):

    This is a very artistic foot... I could see this hanging on a wall at a music hall.

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