The Jazz Bucket List

Found this JazzTimes column from a post on the great NPR jazz blog, A Blog Supreme.  Forty jazz-related things to do before you die.  Trumpeter Ian Carey also had a humorous response to the bucket list on his blog.  It turns out I've actually done a few, and plan on doing a few more.


  • Memorize at least one solo from a famous jazz record and hum it for someone who might actually recognize it
  • See Sonny Rollins or Ornette Coleman perform anywhere, any time
  • Tour the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City
  • Buy the CD of a local jazz musician playing a gig where no one pays attention to the music, ever
  • Experience A-list vocal jazz in concert: Dianne Reeves, Cassandra Wilson or Kurt Elling should do it (performing with Dianne Schuur probably counts)

On the agenda:

  • Club-hop through NYC, starting uptown and continuing downtown and into Brooklyn. One drink per stop
  • Check out the Monterey Jazz Festival and buy a vintage festival poster
  • Visit the Village Vanguard and soak up the history from the bandstand and the walls
  • Find a retired and unknown jazz musician living in your area and interview him or her for your local paper or a Web site

So some of them involve traveling and may take a while to get to.  However, I probably could begin a series of interviews of local 'retired' jazz musicians for this blog.  Coming soon (or later)......

Have you done any of of the JazzTimes jazz bucket list?  Have any of your own?  Let me know in the comments below.