Keeping It Live - Keeping It Real

Welcome to the latest issue of Denis Poole's Secret Garden, the page that offers a personal perspective on the very best from the world of smooth jazz and classic soul.

It would be easy to get the wrong idea about what's going on in jazz right now. One need only look at the recent Grammy nominations for 'best pop instrumental album' (the grouping in which Dave Koz, Earl Klugh and Herb Alpert all resided) to see how the musical landscape is being dominated by cover versions. Small wonder then that the genre has attracted criticism for playing it safe and, as a result, becoming a little bland.

Yet the current jazz concert schedule is tremendously buoyant. In this live environment, characterized by collaborations, energy and willingness to push the envelope, the artists that we love are really seen at their tremendous best.

All things considered jazz (of every complexion) will stand or fall by its ability to take its message to the people and that is why it is particularly pleasing to have the site ClickItTicket as the definitive depositary of who's on where and when.

This comprehensive listing provides the ability to purchase tickets there and then and is a must for all jazz fans in North America. So, whether your passion is Pat Metheny, George Benson, Boney James or Peter White, go to ClickItTicket to play your part in keeping live music really alive.