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Old 12-29-2012, 06:39 AM
 
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I currently live in Bethesda, MD which I like; but have always found it difficult to meet up with decent musicians within a reasonable driving distance. Now that I'm retired and have a lot more time, where do you think would be a good place for a guitar player into blues/jazz/R&B - ideally, the style that has come to be known as smooth jazz now that it has degenerated - to find like minded musicians? Not necessarily with any professional ambitions, but to have fun, and maybe even play out once in a while.

Will college towns like Boulder, Chapel Hill or Athens prove to be too young, or even not stylistically appropriate?

Would love to know what you guys think.
I would skip the college towns as musicians there tend to be more rock/progressive rock oriented or even classical in orientation. You might take a look at Nashville which will feature milder weather, much less traffic/congestion and a low cost of living. It's not all about Country-Western as the city has been attracting talent from all genres to it's recording studios and producers/labels that have set up shop there. http://blogs.tennessean.com/tunein/2...ng-jazz-scene/
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Old 12-29-2012, 10:13 AM
 
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Very good info, thanks. Upstate NY does seem to be very musically active, but.....hmmm...the taxes...the cold....I dunno...
Overall cost of living is at or below the national average and it is a 4 season climate. Winters in terms of snowfall vary even within metros as well. For instance, in the Buffalo area, Niagara County gets half the average snowfall that the Southtowns. Even taxes vary, as exemptions are available: Taxes by State: New York to Wyoming

Here's another Rochester area native: Chuck Mangione - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Official Chuck Mangione World Wide Web Site

There's this too: https://cnyjazz.org/jazz-in-the-city

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Old 12-29-2012, 08:12 PM
 
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I would skip the college towns as musicians there tend to be more rock/progressive rock oriented or even classical in orientation. You might take a look at Nashville which will feature milder weather, much less traffic/congestion and a low cost of living. It's not all about Country-Western as the city has been attracting talent from all genres to it's recording studios and producers/labels that have set up shop there. They ain
Thanks so much for that link - I'll spend some time reading up on it.

I have known for a while that Nashville is not limited to country, and that several musicians have fled the LA session scene and moved to Nashville (Chuck Rainey and Larry Carlton come to mind). To tell you the truth, a lot of things about Nashville seem very attractive, except for perhaps a couple of issues - none of which is a potential deal breaker.

One is that I hear that Nashville has almost no walkable areas. That would be a total shame, as walking around a neighborhood with shops, cafes and the like is something I enjoy immensely. The other thing - and a very legitimate point - is that a relatively small town with such a heavy concentration of world class musicians may not be the place for someone like me to move to! Sort of like NY and LA (and now Nashville and maybe Austin) being the worst places for a guitar player to move to...still, maybe this is all in my head. I mean, would you want to compete with Vince Gill for a gig? I exaggerate, of course..

Another thing I've heard is that Nashville embodies the highly conservative nature of the South. While I have nothing against conservatives per se, I'm not one, so I worry about being a fish out of water. Then, on the other hand, that many musicians and creative people have got to lend an atmosphere of intellectual openness.....I would think.

Thanks again, and I'll read through the link.

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Old 12-29-2012, 08:13 PM
 
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Overall cost of living is at or below the national average and it is a 4 season climate. Winters in terms of snowfall vary even within metros as well. For instance, in the Buffalo area, Niagara County gets half the average snowfall that the Southtowns. Even taxes vary, as exemptions are available: Taxes by State: New York to Wyoming

Here's another Rochester area native: Chuck Mangione - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Official Chuck Mangione World Wide Web Site

There's this too: https://cnyjazz.org/jazz-in-the-city
Thanks again! Who can forget Chuck? And thanks for that tax link...very useful!
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