Introduction

I am a music lover. Big time. My wife and I try to catch at least one or two major shows a month, and I’m an “A Train” member of and frequent visitor to our local jazz club. (That’s the Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis, one of the best in the nation.) I have more than 1,700 albums in my music collection, or more than 25,000 individual tracks if you count that way. I listen to jazz and rock and folk and soul, and even the occasional Broadway show tune. I’m fairly sure I know the entire Great American Songbook by heart, and can throw out the names of all the backing musicians ...

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