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.
Winston Lin, 30
Performer: Kurt Rosenwinkel Quartet, Late Set
Venue: The Village Vanguard (West Village)
Date: Jun. 23, 2010
Winston Lin of Los Angeles, Calif. with his girlfriend.
Winston Lin of Los Angeles, Calif. with his girlfriend. Josh Jackson
How did you hear about this performance? Well, I don't know anything about the artist. I'm from out of town. I heard an NPR piece a couple of days ago, and they talked about the Village Vanguard. I like jazz, so I thought I'd come and check it out. [The interview was with pianist Fred Hersch, who had played the Vanguard the previous week. —JJ]
What was your impression of the set? Umm ... different! [laughs]
In what sense? It's not what I'm used to, or I guess not what I like to listen to. But it's always different with jazz. That's one good thing about it.
Was there anything about the set that you enjoyed? I think just relaxing and listening to the music. Also, spending time with my girlfriend. She's from out of town as well.
Tell me the truth: was she interested at all? [pauses] I think she was expecting something different. I think we were both expecting something more mellow. But tonight's set was a little more upbeat.
When did you discover jazz? I think just in college. A friend, one of my good buddies, he played bass for a really long time. So I got into jazz because of him. I went to college in San Francisco, so we went to jazz clubs there. The music is something that you can really appreciate for its improvisation, and I do.