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 attended the festivities — primarily, the CareFusion Jazz Festival New York. In between our reports on various goings-on, we talked to the some 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.
JC Myska, 17
Performer: Chris Potter Quartet
Venue: The Jazz Standard (South Midtown)
Event: CareFusion Jazz Festival New York
Date: Jun. 23, 2010
JC Myska of New York, N.Y.
JC Myska of New York, N.Y. Josh Jackson
How'd you find out about the show? I actually came here a couple of weeks ago with the Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra. I looked through the [CareFusion Jazz Festival New York] brochure, and it said Chris Potter was playing here. So I put it on the calendar, and here I am.
What was your impression of the music? It's too free for me. It was so free-form that there was actually a point where I was just kinda dozing off. But toward the end of the set, once the swing started to happen, I really got into it. Otherwise, it was a little too free.
Just curious. What is the Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra? The Jazz Standard Youth Orchestra is an organization run by two people, Emily Elyshevitz and David O'Rourke. Basically, it promotes jazz for young people. It ranges from kids 12-years-old to seniors in high school. We're here every Sunday, and we play for a crowd. There are originals that we actually wrote. We mostly do standards.