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Meet The Jazz Audience

Meet The Jazz Audience: Elana Brody

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.

Elana Brody, 21
Performer: Kurt Rosenwinkel Quartet, Late Set
Venue: The Village Vanguard (West Village)
Event: n/a
Date: Jun. 23, 2010

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How'd you hear about this show? My friend Alex.

He just told you? We play music together, and he's staying in my apartment, and I followed him out.

So you're a musician too. Do you play jazz? I think so.

You're a student? No, I'm a performer.

Right. So what did you think? I thought it was ... a murky blue.

What was particularly murky or blue? The chords that Kurt plays are very "mushy" [laughs] on the piano. And it made me feel like I sunk in a dark ocean, and let a lot of energy come at me.

Did you like it, this rush of dark energy? Um ... yea.

Do you normally go out to see a lot of jazz? How does it stack up? The last show that I saw was Chick Corea and Eddie Gomez and Paul Motian. I'm a piano player, so I liked that a lot.

What did you think of Kurt's piano playing? [Kurt Rosenwinkel, normally a guitarist, played some piano. —Ed.] It's a murky mush? [laughs] But they challenge themselves a lot, these guys, which is, you know, really ...

Cool? Which is really cool.

One more question: how did you get into jazz, if at all? I went to Berklee College of Music for a few years.

And now you're here in New York? Yea.