In my late teens I was introduced to jazz by a librarian at Goswell Road library in London, one of the first libraries to extend their book collection to include a record collection. As I was looking for books the librarian asked me if I was interested in records also. He, being an avid jazz fan, recommended some albums, amongst them “Body and Soul” by Sonny Stitt, which made a deep impact on me. From there my path into jazz music started. Nancy Wilson, Sarah Vaughan, Billie Eckstine, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, to name a few of the jazz giants who were instrumental in creating my love for jazz.
As the years went by, I had my first opportunity in 1980 to attend the Playboy Jazz Festival in Los Angeles. This was the first time of hearing and seeing some of these giants performing live. It was then clear to me that jazz music was my vocation. Since then never a year went by without me visiting several jazz festivals around the world.
In the nineties I started to report on these jazz festivals, I became a jazz journalist and photographer. During this period, it was noticeable that jazz gradually played a lesser part in these festivals. Popular music became more mainstream. I have asked myself what I can do to orchestrate a change as to keeping the spirit of jazz alive.
Fortunately, I met a media guru who is also a website builder, with whom I collaborated to transform my ideas of keeping the spirit of jazz alive into an active platform. Jazztreats was born, a website that will enable like-minded people to share their jazz experience and where jazz musicians can expose their talents to the world.