A New Way of Seeing Jazz

Aesthetic Realism and The Siegel Theory of Opposites offer a new way of understanding the beauty of jazz and all music.


I grew up outside of Philadelphia and have lived in New York for over 20 years. I'm a jazz pianist, singer, arranger, choral conductor and music teacher. I've been teaching full-time for about 18 years. Currently I teach on the junior and senior high school levels, though I've taught from elementary school through college. I also teach privately. Since 1985 I've been studying Aesthetic Realism, first in consultations and now in professional classes taught by Ellen Reiss.

Sunday, January 16, 2005

A poem tells of the beauty and importance of jazz

"Hymn to Jazz and the Like," by Eli Siegel, is a great poem! In it, Mr. Siegel shows the grandeur of jazz, relating it to other kinds of music, to sound itself, and to some of the most important poetry of the world. Anyone who loves jazz, as I do, can appreciate this music more--and value our own care for it more--through this poem. Click on this link to read the poem and an article about it by singer Shirley Jones: "Eli Siegel's Hymn to Jazz and the Like — & Why I Love It!"