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WHY I LOVE JAZZ, by Bob Hickman

posted Aug 28, 2017, 10:07 AM by Stephen Hait   [ updated Aug 28, 2017, 10:08 AM ]
On Sunday, September 10, 2017, the Carolina Jazz Society will begin its 59th concert season of jazz and Dixieland entertainment by Dick Goodwin and a distinguished ensemble of jazz musician regulars, plus intermittent appearances of renowned guest artists from all over the globe throughout the year.

Whether you already love this truly American art form or you just love good music, you will be impressed  by the improvisational skills of Dr. Goodwin and every member of the band and their collective talent. 

I’ve been a fan (and a member) of the Jazz Society for 50-plus years, and I’m looking forward to renewing my membership as we begin our new season.  And the price is right!!!  For a nominal yearly membership fee, plus $5.00 per event, members are provided a  once-monthly two-and-a-half hour concert (from September through May) that is unsurpassed in quality and appeal. For folks who want to just try us out without membership, it’s just $10.00 per concert, but you’ll probably want to join after the first five minutes. The Jazz Society meets the first Sunday of each month, except for an occasional change to the second Sunday in order to avoid a holiday.

  It’s a great place to enjoy the arts with friends, the food is good (pot luck snack food), and everybody there has a great time.  There’s even a place to dance along the edges of the room.  Our meetings are held at the Lourie Center in Columbia, but don’t expect an older crowd just because it functions as a Senior center.  You kids under 50 will be well-represented in the audience, and you’ll have a great time.  There’s no age limit on the enjoyment of good music, and the rooms are usually packed with people of all ages.  

Everything is warm and informal and it’s a great place to meet new friends and visit with old ones, while everybody is exposed to some of the best music in this country.  There will be couples, whole families, and singles, which brings me to the most exciting part of my story.  

There are always some real nice ladies and gents there, and some of them are not married!  In fact, that’s where I met my bride, two and a half years ago.  We had both lost our beloved spouses (who had also loved jazz music), and after many years alone, we didn’t think we’d ever love again.  That all changed when we attended a Jazz Society meeting in December, met in the embrace of the music, fell in love, and were married in August.

Now I’m not saying everyone will meet their forever someone just by joining the Carolina Jazz Society but, it happened for me, so what can I say?  It’s an enchanting place, with lots of nice people.  I can’t wait to see what new faces will be joining us this year, and what new couples might happen.  

Please join us at 2:30 PM on Sunday, September 10, for a wonderful concert, and bring your friends and family.  Or come alone, like I did.  You’ll never regret it.

 (Bob Hickman is a jazz musician, and former News Director and News Anchor at WIS-TV.)