Jazz music comes in many variants of emotional expression. Within the roots of its music lie ragtime and the blues. Many people do not realize the intense emotional values that jazz music can have on a singular person. For example, if 10 people listen to the same song, it could be perceived in 10 different ways.

For me, jazz helps me relax. It is a great way to calm the nerves and makes my headspace a more comfortable place. It helps to clear my mind and fill it with happier thoughts.

Music theory and applied woodwinds Professor Jonathan Rice has played jazz music since he was in high school.

“You can play whatever is on your mind and what’s in your soul, you can get it out through the means of improvisation,” Rice said. “ It can actually be compared to a lot of the music we listen to today since it’s pretty