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Jazz Can Be Good For Your Health

IT'S OFFICIAL.  JAZZ CAN BE GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH!

Trouble sleeping?  Memory problems?  Anxiety?

Pat Rogers, sometimes harmonica player and proprieter and cheg of the great west side restaurant Alto Cucina, passes along the following tip:


From saturdayeveningpost.comes this bulletin from psychologist Taunjah Bell.  She teaches at Jackson State University.  Jazz music has been linked to better sleep (26% improvement with 45 min. of slow jazz at bedtime), soothing chronic pain and boosting immunity (listening for 30 min. increases levels of the protective gel IgA.)  Another study indicates thaat MRI studies show jazz activates areas of the brain that form memory.

Bell says that music, especially jazz and blues, can help calm anxiety by stimulating the release of feel=good neurotransmitters.  "The rhythms and tones are linked to our heartbeat and brainwaves.  Music that's 60 bpm or less reduces the heart rate, causing relaxation in our body."

(Me, I'm starting work on a recording of s-l-o-w ballads.  ("My Foolish Heart" anyone?)

February 12, 2015