David Reese, Ricky Riccardi, Mick Carlon, Dan Morgensten, Michael Cogswell, Dr. Bruce Boyd Raeburn, Marcia Shramm, (seated) George Avakian, David Oswalt and Wycliffe Jordan attend the opening reception of the Satchmo Summerfest inside of the Riverview Room of the Hotel Monteleone in New Orleans on Thursday, August 1, 2013. (Photo by Peter G. Forest)
I’m a 27 year veteran English teacher who believes that jazz music is America’s greatest contribution to world culture. Over the years, I have made hundreds of jazz fans out of my students. How? By simply playing them the music of Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Billie Holiday, and many others. I’m hoping that my books can one day make thousands of young people into jazz fans.