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Meet The Jazz Audience: Dr. Gino Martinez

We're continuing our Meet The Jazz Audience series at the CareFusion Newport Jazz Festival this weekend, where Blogger Supreme Lara Pellegrinelli wandered the grounds, interviewing members of the crowd. For more coverage of the festival, including full concert downloads, visit NPR.org/newportjazz. --Ed.

Dr. Gino Martinez
Town: Boston, Mass. via the first aid tent

Have there been a lot of jazz related injuries at the festival this year?
It’s been a tough year for saxophonists. And trumpets, you know, it’s so hard on the lips.

What about the finger-popping injuries?
And those foot-tapping injuries. Those have been really bad.

That can cause repetitive stress.
That's absolutely true. I think you could write a paper about that. I could do a study right here at the festival. I'll publish it and give you credit.

No perforated eardrums?
No, that was last week at the Folk Festival. Folk is very different these days. It's much louder. But it was good and there were a lot of kids here. It's nice to see the more traditional music being perpetuated.

So what do people really need to watch out for if they’re here at the festival?
We've been lucky in that it’s mostly people having little boo-boos: cuts, scrapes, that sort of thing. Very minor stuff, no stitches. They just needed a Band-Aid. Dehydration can be a problem, but yesterday it was cool and we had no cases. Today it's a little warmer and I would anticipate a few more cases of people feeling a little dehydrated.

Have there been any lost children?
No, a lot of adults claiming to be lost children. There's a sign right by our station that says "Lost Child Station" so they come over and they pose for their friend or their spouse or whoever. They’re usually people without kids who are here joking about it.

Maybe it's lost childhood syndrome?
That seems to be going around a lot. And then there are ecstatic jazz fans who’ve lost themselves in the music. I can relate to that.

What’s the favorite group you’ve heard so far?
Mark O'Connor's Hot Swing, going back to the music of Django Reinhardt and Stephane Grappelli from Paris in the 1930s and '40s. Great jazz, really catchy stuff. The crowd gave them a standing ovation. It was the highlight for me.

Do you see any parallels between jazz and medicine?
Well, I play a little guitar. I wouldn't call myself a jazz musician, but I try. First of all, you have to be patient. It’s not necessarily going to come to you like pop, which often conveys itself on a basic level. Some of it's complex and you need to wrap your ears around it a little bit before you say I don't understand this. I think you can reprogram your brain to like jazz. But it’s not like tough like taking castor oil when you’re a little kid. You just open your mind up and you can reroute those neurons in your brain.

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