”Mott the Hoople & Dexy’s Midnight Runners”
Singer / Songwriter / Pianist
I began piano lessons in 1960 and as that amazing decade progressed, everything I heard had an affect on the way I played. Pop music grew ever more exciting and complex thanks to The Beatles, Brian Wilson and others. As the 70s approached I was able to see for myself some of the great psychedelic and progressive bands – The Grateful Dead, Captain Beefheart, Yes and King Crimson. And if that wasn’t enough there was blues, soul, R&B – and of course jazz. Late at night I would hide my radio under the pillow and tune in to Voice Of America to hear Ornette Coleman, Miles Davis, Charles Mingus, Bill Evans and others. Meanwhile I never lost my love of classical music, particularly the more dramatic stuff like Shostakovich and Mahler.