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I saw musicians doing their thing in church when I was a kid. I slowly taught my self to play the piano and then switch to bass when I reach university.
Your sound and approach to music:
My sound and approach to music include the vast array of personal experiences over the years both locally and abroad. My strong appreciate for culture and language and the liberty to freely express myself in which ever way I want in any given instance.
Your teaching approach:
My philosophy is actually to help students come up with their own philosophies when it comes to practice and/or performance. We are all the same in that we are unique. All I do is try my level best to bring the uniqueness in every student I encounter.
I love jazz because anything is possible; it has few rules and the best jazz breaks those ones. I prefer free improv because it doesn't really have any rules at all.
I was first exposed to jazz in my teens (in the late sixties).
The first jazz record I bought was Filles de Kilimanjaro by Miles Davis, shortly followed by Extrapolation by John McLaughlin.
My advice to new listeners is to listen as widely as possible and not to make snap judgments--stick with it.