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Mathew Karrakas

Matt 'Patch' Karrakas was born in Chicago, Illinois US in 1949 to a Russian mother who had escaped the Stalinist purges of the 30's, and a cuban exile father who was a leading light in the jazz movement of the late 20's. He suffered at school from the then unrecognized condition of dyslexia, in later interviews revealing how he was subjected to taunts and bullying by fellow pupils. He retreated into music as a way of coping starting on piano, then upright bass guitar which was to become his instrument for life, although he has been known to play piano, guitar and occasionally banjo ( learnt from a next door neighbour) on stage. He had no siblings, it seems his mother was not taken with motherhood


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