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Desert Island picks: Geoff Keezer, Zero One (Dreyfus, 2003); Bill Evans, Orignal Jazz Classics Collection (OJC, 1997); Stevie Wonder, Songs In The Key Of Life (Motown, 1976); Abdullah Ibrahim, Cape Town Revisited (Enja, 2000) Phineas Newborn Jr., A World of Piano (OJC, 1991).
How would you describe the state of jazz today? Outlook is positive. However, my hope is that jazz doesn't lose it's swing!
What are some of the essential requirements to keep jazz alive and growing? Swing, swing, swing.
What is in the near future? Solo piano recording, and hope to record another trio album.
What's your greatest fear when you perform? I fear that someone was not touched by the music.
What song would you like played at your funeral? Stevie Wonder's "These Three Words."
What is your favorite song to whistle or sing in the shower? "Whistle While You Work."
As a kid, my mom told me I'd like jazz. I thought she was nuts. Then I went to hear Cannonball Adderley (with Nat Adderley, George Duke, Walter Booker, Roy McCurdy and Airto) and everything changed. Yeah, mom knows best.