College of Education
University of Illinois
210F Education Building
1310 South 6th Street
Champaign, IL 61820
I like to sing and play music, some folk, traditional and blues but mostly jazz. I play saxophone (soprano, alto, tenor), flute, clarinet, chromatic harmonica and guitar as well as some piano. I also enjoy listening to classical music, including opera.
I play jazz and Latin jazz as the Gary Cziko Jazz Ensemble in the Champaign-Urbana area at both private functions and public venues.
Here you can hear me play and sing jazz.
In my younger years I competed in cross-country and track and completed several marathons and triathlons in my 20s and 30s. I also enjoyed and competed in cross-country skiing when I lived in Montréal between 1974 and 1979.
In my 40s, I was a USCF Masters and Category 3 bicycle racer on the road and have done NORBA sport category racing on the mountain bike.
Now in my 50s I still enjoy biking as well as running and in-line skating (especially in Urbana's wonderful Meadowbrook Park), swimming, and cross-country skiing when there's enough snow (especially in Allerton Park near Monticello, IL).
In 2004 I started focusing on improving my swimming technique with the goal of participating in triathlons and long-distance open-water swims. I have drawn on both Total Immersion and The Art of Swimming and also began dabbling inmy own method called Feedback-based Incremental Swimming Hydrodynamics (FISH).
I speak fluent French (having spent five years in Montréal as a graduate student and post-doc and several summers and a sabbatical year in France). I also do quite well in German and Spanish and am interested in improving (especially Spanish). Some day I hope to find the time to learn some Brazilian Portuguese so I can sing "Garota de Ipanema" instead of "Girl from Ipanema."
My call sign is N9MJZ (MRZ = MrJaZz). I can be contacted via local repeaters at Node 4280 of the Internet Radio Linking Project (IRLP) and Index 4321 of Echolink. I particularly enjoy low-power, pedestrial mobile and bicycle mobile operation and I am a member of HFpack.
I keep and have bred African cichlids from Lake Malawi and Lake Tanganyika in a modest 40-gallon (150-liter) aquarium (actually, they take care of the breeding part on their own). I currently have Labidochromis caeruleus ("lemon yellow" cichlids), Iodotropheus sprengerae ("rusty" cichlids), Pseudotropheus zebra ("cobalt blue" zebra cichclid), and Neolamprologus brichardi ("fairy" or "Princess of Burundy") cichlids.
PhotographySee my public photos by clicking on the Flickr "badge" below.