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."
I love jazz because next to my kids, it's the love of my life.
I was first exposed to jazz by Joe Rico from a tiny station in Niagara Falls in 1954 when I was 13.
The best show I ever attended was Maynard Ferguson who blew the roof off Massey Hall in the late 50s.
My advice to new listeners is to listen to everything you can and then listen again.