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 spoke to of the people who were actually in the audience. We started 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.
Andrew Multer, 52, and Jake Multer, 12
Performer: Jazz Talks — Esperanza Spalding & Anat Cohen (with George Wein)
Venue: The Greene Space at WNYC (Downtown Manhattan)
Event: CareFusion Jazz Festival New York
Date: Jun. 21, 2010
Andrew and Jake Multer of Gramercy Park, Manhattan, N.Y.
Andrew and Jake Multer of Gramercy Park, Manhattan, N.Y. Lara Pellegrinelli
What brought you here today?
JM: Well, at school I'm taking clarinet lessons. We also like jazz as a family.
AM: And your teacher told us about this show.
JM: Yeah, my teacher told me and we decided to check it out.
Do you do everything your teacher tells you to do?
AM: He does practice though. He's been taking clarinet lessons outside of school and his clarinet teacher knew about Anat — said she was wonderful and highly recommended that we come see her.
What did you think about it?
JM: I thought it was great. They played really good and they played notes that I can't play yet.
AM: But you've only been playing for two years. Give yourself a break.
Two years? You've got some time. It didn't happen for these guys overnight.
AM: Yeah, it took Anat until she was 30 — and she really listened to her teacher.
Do you get out to many concerts?
AM: Not as much as we'd like. We really enjoyed this. One of the best parts of being in the city is having access to things like this, but life tends to get in the way. Would you like to go to more stuff like this, Jake?
I guess bedtime gets in the way, too. Have you been to any of the clubs?
AM: I have, but not for years. He's just getting around to nightlife.
AM: He's going to have a black beret before you know it.
And a goatee at 14, no doubt. What do you think of the festival?
AM: This is the first time I'm experiencing it in this incarnation, but I've been to Newport a couple of times over the years. Jake just asked me what "CareFusion" is and all I know is that it's the name they use now.
It's a company that provides services for hospitals. Heck of a sponsor, eh?
AM: God bless 'em. Better than Kool cigarettes. Smoke things that will kill you, but have a good time listening to jazz while you can still breathe!
Jake, do you imagine that you'll be involved with jazz or pop or classical music when you grow up?
JM: I'm not sure I'm going to be a musician, but, if I was, I kind of like jazz and I like klezmer. I kind of like everything.
What do kids your age think about jazz?
JM: I don't believe most of the kids in my grade like it that much. Some of my friends do. I don't think kids dislike it that much, but I don't think that many kids in my grade love it. I like it.
That's why we need people like you, Jake. You can carry the torch.
AM: That's a pretty heavy load for slim shoulders.
That's all right. They will be broad shoulders one day.
AM: They are getting there fast.