the long version

    I was introduced to music by the Gypsy Kings during delivery. Both my parents are avid music listeners. My first performance was a Suzuki piano recital in my hometown of Ithaca, NY. I think I was 6.  I took up clarinet when I was old enough to join my school’s concert band. Upon finding my dad’s old Bundy alto saxophone during a move, I added that to the ranks. My dad also had a couple old guitars, and I started learning guitar and bass parts to Red Hot Chili Peppers songs. My interest in all the sounds of music led me to develop an affinity for all of these instruments, and later for composition. The first tune I wrote was a blues head called Lucky 13; I think I wrote it for my 13th birthday. I started really writing in highschool, arrangements of Footprints and Things Ain’t What They Used To Be for the jazz band and many originals in bands with friends.
    Two musicians became important to me in high school. They led me to my two favorite instruments. I discovered the drummer Billy Martin; the way he played made me want to play, and I started to learn drums. It was the first time a musician’s particular playing style drew me to an instrument. I’d been playing saxophone in concert band and jazz band, and I had a kind of background in jazz, but I didn’t feel very connected to the music or the instrument. Then my teacher told me about Lester Young. His playing continues to answer all my questions.
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