In the last few decades, June has become the busiest month for jazz in New York City, home to the biggest jazz scene in the world. But who is actually going to these shows? A small team of Bloggers Supreme has been attending the festivities — primarily, the CareFusion Jazz Festival New York. In between our reports on various goings-on, we'll be talking to the some of the people who are actually in the audience. We start off every conversation with the simple question: how did you hear about this show? And be sure to check out more of our Meet The Jazz Audience series. —Ed.
Paul Saunders, 79
Performer: Winard Harper
Venue: Schomburg Center (Harlem)
Date: Sunday, Jun. 20, 2010 (Father's Day)
Paul Saunders of The Bronx, N.Y.
Paul Saunders of The Bronx, N.Y. Josh Jackson
How did you find out about this concert? From a newsletter — a jazz newspaper. They had it posted. Plus every Father's Day I usually come to a jazz concert here at the Schomburg Center.
What did you think of the show? It was fantastic. It was better than I expected it to be because I wasn't familiar with these people. I was thinking that jazz is in good hands. I thought it was going to be diminished. And these people have so much talent, that eventually, jazz will be on top.
How did you get into jazz? Oh, that's a long time ago. A friend introduced me to Miles Davis, and it just exploded since then ... since the fifties.