I want to wish ALL the Jazz Con Class Radio listeners a Happy New Year from the bottom of my heart! 2018 was a very good year, the listenership increased considerably and most importantly, in a global manner. What many people don’t understand is that Jazz is appreciateted around the world. Actually, outside of the USA, it is loved and respected by a younger crowd. We’re in an age where the most “popular” so called “music” selling in America is “manufactured” by electronical sound effects. It’s shameful how the music industry has stooped so low to make a big buck. How can they even call it “music” when the ones making it are not musicians? Its incriminating and we all know whats going on (money) but with that said, we are also in the age where we have the opportunity and access to enjoy all types of high quality music that is composed and performed by musicians and with musical instruments. Jazz is all about musicianship, creativity and long, long hours of practice. Those who listen to Jazz respect this to the fullest and value these world class musicians with great passion. Unfortunately, Jazz is very intimate and not so simple to spread around to others. Although it’s not so complicated, the first time listeners need to be educated with a short historical introduction and a quick explanation on the concept of “improvisation.” Some people take longer than others to get a good grasp on it but when they do, it becomes a revelation. I’ve found that the younger crowd has a bit more trouble catching on, my guess is their lack of understanding the “Blues” in general. Jazz Con Class Radio is here for everyone, young and old, broadcasting 24 hours a day and 7 days a week. Jazz represents the highest musical form of expression and once you “get it,” your life will change for the better and in all aspects. Some say and I completely agree, Jazz is life, all the ups and downs, all the emotional highs and lows, its straight from the heart. Jazz is the ultimate expression of “Freedom”, get a real doze of it, listen and live! Happy New Year and thanks for keeping Jazz ALIVE!