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Thank you!

Written by [Seb]

When I wrote [Nextbop's State of the Union address], I never imagined that it would create such a buzz in the online jazz community. It even got us our first mention on Jazz.com and our gig on the [Jazz Now project].

But I have to admit that most rewarding of all was all of the feedback we received. So I've decided to repost my 3 favorite, most encouraging and heartwarming comments.

And thanks to everyone for your support and encouragements!

P.S. If any of Joe or David's students, or anyone for that matter, feel like writing a guest blog post for Nextbop, it would be our pleasure to publish it. Just get in touch with me via info [at] nextbop [dot] com.

"I can't believe my good fortune in finding out about your website on NPR. I haven't listened to the radio in years. It's all the same stuff and it drives me crazy. For the last 10 years or so I've been making my own recordings, my own radio station in other words. I love all kinds of music, rock, jazz, classical, Latin, African, Indian, anything good. I had no idea there where so many slammin new bands around. You've just improved my joy of life immeasurably! This is like getting a golden ticket to Willy Wonka's chocolate factory (the one from the Gene Wilder film, not the newer, absolute worst film Tim Burton ever made). It's so hard to find new music. I've found the majority of the new stuff I listen to at the library, but of all the great stuff on your site, I've only located [e.s.t.] and [Brad Mehldau]. If it weren't for your site I wouldn't have found out about [Christian Scott], [Aaron Parks], [Medeski Martin & Wood], [The Bad Plus] and on and on. Wow, I'm psyched! My wife is already starting to complain, but my three kids are dancing around the house...I'll pass it on...and on...and on...if you build it they will come..."

Corydon Martinet
Speicherschwendi, Switzerland

"Seb, thanks so much for all of the hard work that you and Justin have put in. I feel very much the same way you guys feel about jazz. It pains me that an art form founded on innovation has been so slow to... well, innovate! It seems to prove that record labels are an antiquated entity. I wanted to let you know that I'm a high school English teacher and I'm starting a club this year to teach teenagers about contemporary jazz. Essentially, I hope to do in person what you are doing with Nextbop. After reading this post, I've decided to make [MMW] the first band to which I will introduce them. I've been listening to [MMW] for more than a decade now, so they were always on my list. But I'm going to send them to Nextbop where they can listen to your streams. I hope to be sending as much traffic your way as possible. Thank you!"

Joe Wenger
Arlington, VA

"Real change takes time, patience and persistence. I think you guys are doing a great job and this website is extremly refreshing for the internet world of jazz. I'm well intergrated with many high schools and am currently teaching Jazz History in Montreal. My lessons have incorporated navigating through this website with my class. I find young people want to know more about jazz, but it's not always accessible through an interactive/attractive medium. I think you guys have done your job, now it's up to the people to spread the word...and coming from a teacher/hip-hop artist, you have my undying support! Stay jazzy yall!"

David