When I was younger I had to show my music friends the Jazz Basics so I could have my first few jazz bands. My father who was a Jazz Drummer had jam sessions in the basement. He also had quite a Jazz collection of recordings and when I was young I would come home from the Parties, Clubs, Disco and other social hang outs for the young of my time and play a compilation of Jazz recordings I had put on cassette tape to chill out from the young life in NYC. I say that jazz picked me because I eventually became the one in my area providing the Learning,Teaching, Jamming and Recording environment for the young and older players to continue the music in spite of what was popular at the time. This is not the pop music of the young of this time either but still and always will be an attraction to the young and older musician with a learning "Creative Mind" .That's why we also have later in life beginners as well as younger ones. For me jazz is truly a musicians music that allows not only total personal expression but great artistry as well. When and why did you start playing Jazz?