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ambience that this small jazz club of legend offers. You might find yourself seated at a table within a few feet of the band (!), it is a very intimate experience. Imagine that it is 1965 and you are there to hear some of the greatest musicians in the world playing original music at the highest level. The place has probably not changed that much, and you will STILL be hearing some of the greatest musicians in the world playing music at the highest level! There are other GREAT jazz experiences available in New York and other cities across the US. There are usually jazz concert venues, jazz societies, clubs and restaurants that feature the best musicians in a particular area on a regular basis. Many universities have guest artist series that bring the best musicians in the world to their campus for concerts. /FONT>Jazz music is best experienced in a live setting, you are encouraged to attend a concert and experience it for yourself. Of course, the same rules apply for audience behavior and etiquette. Cell phones must be turned off (not on vibrate, OFF...), talking and distracting behavior during the musical performances is not acceptable, and neither is entering or leaving during the music. It IS absolutely acceptable to close your eyes and LISTEN to the music, using your knowledge of jazz traditions and history to guide your ears and help you understand where the performers are trying to take you. /FONT>"Jazz" Music TodayThere are many different types of jazz music being recorded and performed today, from traditional styles to fusion styles, acoustic to electric, and a lot of interesting
combinations of many influences resulting in unique and highly artistic music. The term JAZZ has expanded to take in a wide variety of music, from the very commercial SmoothJazz, to Latin Jazz, to the pop vocal stylings of artists like Norah Jones. It is hard to knowexactly what you will get if you search for "Jazz" music, but many of the traits that have been a part of the most artistic and creative jazz music of the past can still be found, at thehighest levels, in some of today's jazz music. Like the Swing Era, there is a lot of jazz music today which is meant to sell records and concert tickets, with some of the most artistic elements of jazz music pushed to the background in order to fit the pop music format. Smooth Jazz, for instance, is one such style that operates under radio-format restrictions on musical content. Much of this music