OMG I love all that Jazz!

Read all about Ines’ jazz journey and get to know her a little better! ❤

She loved jazz all along, but she didn’t know it until recently…it’s all very romantic. I’m always happy to bring people and music together! 😀


The lovely Ioana from the blog Music Teacher Lifestyle launched a blogging event to celebrate the International Jazz Day (last April 30). So she put a call out to other bloggers to write about Jazz during this week. She finished the post with a song by Natalie Cole.

I told her I loved Natalie Cole, but that I was no jazz expert, I didn’t know much about it – and to be quite frank, most of the times I don’t even know which ‘music category’ singers, bands, songs fit into. I am (sadly) a Music illiterate. But then she spoke of Sinatra. Well hold your horses now – I LOVE SINATRA! ‘Is that Jazz?’ ‘yes it is! See you can write about him!’.

So before I do, I decided to conduct a little google search: ‘Jazz Singers’. And BOOM. All my old time favourites are all suddenly smiling…

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This is powerful! You gotta read this.

It’s just what we need to celebrate on JazzDay! 🙂

Daisy in the Willows

“The worst thing about that kind of prejudice… is that while you feel hurt and angry and all the rest of it, it feeds you self-doubt. You start thinking, perhaps I am not good enough” -NINA SIMONE –

Never  knew why I connected so much with this woman’s voice and songs until now.

We seemingly have nothing in common- she was a trained classical pianist, jazz and soul singer, and a proud African  American  lady ,actively a  part of the  American civil rights movement.

She hung out Martin Luther King! She was born in the 1930’s.

I ,on the other hand was born and grew up in South Africa. I am white. I as born in the early 1980’s when the apartheid regime was crumbling. The civil war moment was Huge.

I watched  the documentary about her life on Netflix  and I identified with this  wild spirit within her.  A…

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Brooke is sharing about her favourite jazz singer, Billie Holiday!

Thank you, Brooke! ❤

For more jazz stories, visit the International Jazz Day Blogging Event, HERE, and feel free to join us!


The great Billie Holiday Image of Billie Holiday

“Billie Holiday, One of the best jazz singers of all time”

Billie Holiday was born, Eleanor Fagan on April 7th 1915  in Philadephia and sadly died July 17th 1959 at the age of  44 years old. Billie Holiday as a child, had a some what unstable and very troubled childhood.

During her difficult early years, she found her love for music, singing along to Bessie Smith and Louis Armstrong. She followed her mother to New York in the late 1920’s, she worked in a house of prostitution in Harlem. Around 1930 she began to sing in local clubs and took the name “Billie” which she took from the film star Billie Dove. While performing in a Harlem Jazz Club at the age of 18, she was discovered by producer John Hammond, he organized her get together with a then up and coming clarinetist named Benny Goodman…

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High School Jazz Band

Meet Niki! She is a music teacher in New York and she’s sharing her journey with jazz!

Thank you for joining us! 😀

For more jazz stories, visit the International Jazz Day Blogging Event HERE and feel free to join us!

A Texan's View of Upstate New York


When I was in high school I played saxophone. I started at the end of my 8th grade year so that I would have something to march with come high school. It’s a bit hard to march with a bassoon.

Every year, both semesters, there would be a jazz band. A few alto saxophones, a tenor sax or 2, a bari sax, about 4 trombones, the same for trumpets, and a drum set, keyboard player, and a guitar to 2. One year there was a tuba doing trombone parts and another year a clarinet player doing tenor sax parts.

So, my freshman year I decided to join, because I already loved jazz music, so why not enjoy playing it as well? I played all 4 years of high school. The first 2 years I played on alto, which is also what I did marching band with. But the second 2…

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Jazz Day Celebration

Join the International Jazz Day Blogging Event! April 30 - May 7 Today is International Jazz Day! My daily Jazz Appreciation Month TAKE FIVE jazz breaks have come to an end. You can find all my TAKE FIVE posts HERE and you can listen to the entire Youtube playlist HERE. We went through so many different styles … Continue reading Jazz Day Celebration