JazzBoston wants to know. Tell us your answer to the question, "What's your jazz?" and be part of a new multimedia campaign to build audiences for the music. Help us spread the word that jazz is for everyone!
You can write your answer or respond with a short video — 2 minutes maximum. Just begin with the words, "My jazz . . ." or My jazz is . . . " and go from there. Send as many responses as you want to firstname.lastname@example.org. For written responses, be sure to include your name, age (optional), occupation, and where you live. This personal information is important because the diversity of the respondents, as well as their responses, will convey the message about the diversity of the music. If you'd prefer to be identified by your first name only, just let us know.
If you're making a video, please identify yourself at the end and close by throwing the question back to your audience — "I'm . . . . What's your jazz?" If you feel like pointing your finger at the camera, all the better!
Written and video-recorded responses will be posted on this page and JazzBoston's Facebook page and YouTube channel. Selected videos may also be used to promote Boston's jazz scene in public service announcements on local radio and TV. (We'll ask your permission first.) Prizes will be awarded for the best submissions. Watch this page for more information on the contest and prizes.
"My jazz is feeling and dancing to the music of life!"
"My jazz is . . . Shorter's a jazz explorer and Brecker's a solo wrecker."
"My jazz is living, learning, laughing and loving."
"My jazz is all about being free."
"My jazz is big bands to intimate improvisation and everything in between."
"My jazz is Monk and Bunk."
"My jazz is what my brother does for a living, as much as possible."
"My jazz: hurtling headlong toward Newburyport to catch the 5:27 am train while Bob Parlocha spins Joe Williams singin' the 5 am blues . . . ."
"Today my jazz is Louis Armstrong singing "If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight" and making me feel glad to be alive. Tomorrow it will be something else."
"My jazz makes every day feel like Friday night."
"My jazz is music that makes me want to dance."