I've been playing jazz since I was twelve years old. I played on Baltimore's notorious "Block" when I was in high school. I played in East Village clubs and all over LA and San Francisco. I've played the jazz piano on the CBS/TV Charlie Brown "Peanuts" specials. Even when I have full time jobs I play. it's just something I do like other people play tennis.
Jazz musicians love to talk. So every month I get a hundred people and 3 or 4 players together and we do a concert where we tell stories about the music, our personal experiences with our heroes and meaningful, funny stuff. If you're in CA on the first Tuesday of the month you should definitely come.