I've been asked - even by jazz musicians - what the term hepcat means.
Here are some definitions I could find.
◊ The Webster Dictionary
◊ The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition Copyright © 2000
◊ The Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc.
◊ The World of Swing Newsletter #2 October 2000
◊ The BIG BANDS DATABASE PLUS (UK)
The definition given by "World of Swing" definitely comes closest to what I would define myself. That's the reason for quoting Miles Davis: "There are only two kinds of music: good music and bad music." My parents listened to classical music mainly. I played the double bass as a teenager in the orchestra of my local music school, performing classical music. I began listening to jazz music as a teenager. First it was mainly be bop/hard bop. But later on I went through all the jazz styles, and finally opened my ears for any good music. My collection of LPs and CDs holds round about 1,500 items, mainly jazz. But I also listen to the Dire Straits or Sting or to Bach, Beethoven, and Steve Reich, to name just a few.
Please don't mistake me for Paula Poundstone's Hep Cat! Neither could I live with someone who drinks a lot, nor am I a cat ;-)
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