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The Story of Me and Juzz (I mean Jazz)- Part 2

I was showering the other day, pondering my jazz roots and thinking about when I first listened to jazz. I was trying very hard to connect with the younger me, to understand my mindset, but to no avail. Naturally, it wasn’t until I was on the tram that it hit me. For some bizarre reason, I do my best thinking on the tram.

The answer to my question was hip-hop. The question itself: how did I get into jazz? Or perhaps, where did it all begin?

Hip-hop. Two words and a hyphen. Hip-hop was my formal introduction to jazz.

This really shouldn’t come as a surprise. Artists like The Last Poets and Gil Scott-Heron read their poetry over beats and jazz tunes in the ‘70s but it was still a few years before hip-hop really got started, and we have a Jamaican named Kool Herc and his giant sound system to thank for that. Continue reading



Hello and welcome to Bop Hard. If you’re interested in jazz, just beginning your love affair, or looking to widen your scope past ‘Kind of Blue’, you’ve come to the right place.

Bop Hard will feature anecdotes, images, reviews, and most importantly, a taste of different jazz styles. We will also look at the venues and artists around Melbourne to help you stay on the pulse in the city’s scene. Best of all, you the readers can contribute too- and anything you want, as long as it’s jazz-related.

Simply, our aim is to promote this special music in this great ‘ole town and to help you navigate the sometimes infuriating and occasionally confusing, but ultimately rewarding, world of jazz.

Luke James