Meet The Jazz Audience

Meet The Jazz Audience: Terry Scott, Tracyann Williams

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. 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.


Terry Scott, 48
Performer: Henry Butler & Osmany Paredes
Venue: Harlem Gatehouse (Harlem)
Event: CareFusion Jazz Festival New York
Date: Jun. 25, 2010

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Terry Scott of New Orleans, La. and Tracyann Williams of New York, N.Y. Patrick Jarenwattananon/NPR hide caption

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Terry Scott and Tracyann Williams

Terry Scott of New Orleans, La. and Tracyann Williams of New York, N.Y.

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How'd you hear about this show? Oh, I got an invitation on Facebook.

From whom? From the Harlem Stage Facebook page, apparently.

So you go to shows here often? I used to; I moved to New Orleans about a year-and-a-half ago, and I came because of Henry Butler and his New Orleans stride piano playing.

Do you consider yourself a jazz fan? Sure.

What turned you on to jazz? Oh, I don't know. The musicianship, the culture, the history of where it came from. My family is from New Orleans; it came from New Orleans. I feel like I have a connection to it. You know, the role it played in the development of African American culture in this country. And the musicianship as well.

So what did you think of this show? The show was amazing. The confluence of Cuban rhythms and the stride piano style of play, and seeing it counterpoint off each other, was really great.


Tracyann Williams, 39
Performer: Henry Butler & Osmany Paredes
Venue: Harlem Gatehouse (Harlem)
Event: CareFusion Jazz Festival New York
Date: Jun. 25, 2010

How did you hear about this show? I heard about it through Aaron Davis Hall's [e-]mailing list, but also I was invited by the curator, Neyda Martinez.

What did you think? It was incredible. Knocked my socks off.

What about it? What's amazing is how you can hear the three beats overlapping with Cuban music as well as the music from New Orleans. It's the same underlying beats. If you think about it separately, in their own universes, you don't hear it. But when you hear them together, you really hear how the music overlaps. And how individuals in the 19th century were really — 19th century composers were really talking to each other! And you could hear those pianos talking to each other tonight.

Are you a musician yourself? I am not. I used to play the piano, though, way back when.

And would you consider yourself a jazz fan at all? Yes, I would.

What turned you on to it? I've always been into music. My parents are from Jamaica; a lot of different rhythms are going through that island, and it just seemed like a natural progression after that.

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