I heard jazz around the house as I was growing up though my own musical interests,
like those of my generation, were primarily rock & roll and rhythm & blues (Motown
Three experiences in particular, drew me to jazz. While passing through a college student
union as an anti-Vietnam war organizer in 1972 I heard a version of "Just My Imagination"
playing on a jukebox. It grabbed me and I searched out the album, by Houston Person at a
record store. That began my love affair with jazz. A few years later I found the four classic
recordings of the first great Miles Davis quintet, "Cooking," "Relaxing," "Working" and
Finally, after moving back to New York City, I discovered my uncle's enormous collection
of jazz records and, in particular, a trove of recordings by Bill Evans. I was completely
hooked and have been for over 30 years.