My father was a music educator for 42 years. He held a Masters Degree and 30 hours towards a PhD. in music education. He taught vocal music in the schools, ajudicated the All-State Choir Competitions, gave private piano instruction, directed church choirs & helped found the Tucson Junior Strings. We always had music in the house, whether it be the kids having their piano lessons, the Saturday afternoon radio broadcasts of the Texaco Live from The Met opera performances, my father belting out the Rachmaninov, Chopin & Schumann on the piano, or my older siblings blarring their Frank Zappa albums! Needless to say, we all grew up with a love for music – classical, world/ethnic music, rock, blues and for me, jazz in particular. I have not only an appreciation for the sound, but for the aesthetics and design of the instruments as well. So I’m a happy camper when a photography job involves being able to listen to good live jazz music and photograph both the beauty of the instruments and the hands helping to create the wonderful sounds.
Tucson is lucky to have JAZZ WERX (www.jazzwerx.org) and The TUCSON JAZZ INSTITUTE (www.tucsonjazzinstitute.org) instructing our youth in jazz performance, as well as the Tucson Jazz Society supporting professional jazz musicians. If you’d like to hear great live jazz, check out www.tucsonjazz.org to see what’s happening around our city.