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Roy Prinz

My Jazz Story

Published on: 2017-03-18

I grew up in an environment filled with music. Our family owned a resort hotel in the Berkshires of Massachusetts. Music from the twentieth century played at home from New Orleans jazz, swing, big bands and the resort featured performers in the styles of the day ranging from Dixieland, swing, folk, blues and rock. Summertime in the Berkshires offered a plethora of live performances from modern jazz, rock and classical. As a small child I played piano but that eventually changed to guitar influenced by the popular era. While attending the University of Massachusetts I participated in the jazz program where my music/jazz education accelerated with classes and workshops taught by Dr. Frederick Tillis, Max Roach and Archie Shepp. The inspiration from those beginnings remains and I've been an enthusiastic student/player ever since.

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