My Jazz Story
Published on: 2017-04-28
I was first exposed to jazz in grammar school (1950s) because my Dad, a violinist, bought a Sears Silvertone
and record player. He played some big band music and we listened to radio many evenings. I began accordion lessons
at age 9
and continued for 10 years. One album that I wore out was Dick Contino on accordion and Eddie Layton on organ. I
first gig at age 16, New Year's Eve with a bassist and drummer from the music store where I took lessons. I was
accordion teacher whose son was the bassist! My weekends were spent in dance combos, my earnings helped pay for
and new keyboards.
I met Dave Brubeck at a Stony Point NY Presbyterian Retreat in 1990. He received the first award for Jazz Artist at the
and The Church' conference-about 40 participants in all. Planned by Keyboardist/composer Pastor Bill Carter and
hosted by the
Presbybop Quartet, I was fortunate to listen to Dave's solo playing on an upright piano. Later I had a photo-op at a
greet. I have many of Dave's albums!