Jazz Notes from Someone Who Is Most Definitely Not a Jazz Expert

As this year’s Jazz at the Lesher Center series approaches and anticipation builds, we tapped local young professional, Sam Caygill, to share her experiences as a subscriber to the series for the third year in a row. Join her in the audience at the first performance, Bria Skonberg with Wycliffe Gordon, on July 28, 2018.


Jazz Notes from Someone Who Is Most Definitely Not a Jazz Expert

By Sam Caygill

I love jazz. I love its history, its diversity and I love to watch artists jam together. When artists have good chemistry, the audience senses it and we get sucked into their synergy and it’s fantastic.

I’m not one of those jazz lovers who can rattle off every Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk album. I’m not going to lie, I find those people a bit pretentious. Maybe that’s just because I can’t hang in their conversations.

I’ve loved everything from loud, in your face big bands to quartets. I fall in love with just about every bass player. What is it with that low, dreamy sound that draws you in, and why are the people who choose to play the bass always such characters?

When someone says to me they don’t like jazz, I always wonder what their experience with jazz has been. Jazz is kind of like yoga, in that you have try a lot of different styles and teachers to find what’s right for your mind and body. It’s a process, and it can be an adventure if you open your mind to it.

This is why I love the Jazz Series at the Lesher. This series exposes me to artists I may not have bought tickets to see. For the last three years, I’ve purchased tickets to the series and I invite a different date each time. Part of the adventure for me, too, is seeing the responses of my friends and family – how they absorb the music, what they hear and how it’s different than what I hear. That’s the beauty of jazz. It touches every mind and body in a different way.

Give it a shot. Let me know what you think.


View more from Bria on her website. See you on July 28!