The Suitcase Lady


May 6, 2014, 9:18 pm

The jazz comes on when the sun goes down. My husband and I agree that jazz is at its best when the world is dark and the day is done.

Neither of us have had any formal schooling in music, a fact we both regret. Having studied the visual arts, I understand that added enjoyment comes with added knowledge.

Our jazz education has been an improvisation. Over the years we have had the good fortune to spend time in New Orleans. We’ve learned by listening to jazz legends at Tipitina’s on Tchoupitoulas Street, The Maple Leaf Bar on Oak Street and Mid-City Lanes Rock ‘n Bowl. The Jazz and Heritage Festival and French Quarter Festivals have provided hours of jazz at its best.

Home here in Wisconsin, we were schooled by many jazz savvy friends. I was a member of Artist Series at the Pabst, a group that brought the best in classical and jazz music to Milwaukee. These friends and fellow board members enriched our lives in so many ways I would need a book, not a blog, to tell the story.

Now that we live far from the big city, the jazz arrives nightly just before we sit down for dinner. Our beloved CDs are in retirement because of an amazing radio station, Radio Swiss Jazz. Twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, this station streams jazz in the styles we love most. I recently learned that the station’s playlists are the result of constant listener feedback. I would love to meet these mellow jazz fans.

If you are also a jazz lover, check out Radio Swiss Jazz…..even during the day. More Radio Swiss Jazz options are here.

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