What made you decide to contribute to All About Jazz? All About Jazz is the first thing I read in the morning, there is a wealth of information and I thought as a working musician I could offer a particular point of view on topics where I have experience.
What is your musical background? I began studying guitar when I was seven years old. I got my union card when I was 15 years old and I started working as full time musician when I was 19 years old. I am a recording artist, composer and educator. I've have written six books on improvisation, harmony and sight reading. I've been listening to jazz since 1956 and spent a better part of my teenage years hanging out at the original Birdland and I have worked with virtually the who's who of jazz
What was the first record you bought that you would still listen to today?Johnny Smith's Moonlight In Vermont.
What type of jazz do you enjoy listening to the most? All kinds.
Aside from jazz, what styles of music do you enjoy? Broadway music, opera and country music.
What are you listening to right now? Tony Bennett's Duet Two; Hal Galper's Airegin Revisited; Kurt Rosenwinkel's Star of Jupiter.
Which five recent releases would you recommend to readers who share your musical taste? Tony Bennett's Duet Two; Hal Galper's Airegin Revisited; Kurt Rosenwinkel's Star of Jupiter; anything by Trio X.
What inspired you to write about jazz? Jazz is very close to my heart. There was discussion back in 2012 about changing the name of jazz; I think that's when I started to seriously write about it.
What do you like to do in your free time? Any hobbies? Read, Go to the theatre, movies and watch old reruns of Law and Order.
What role does jazz music play in your life? My life is totally immersed in jazz from composing, performing, recording and teaching. Everyday is about jazz.
How does writing about jazz contribute to the music itself? I think what I write may give a different perceptive than the norm. I also think that writing about jazz keeps the music alive.
What do you like most about All About Jazz? The album reviews and the articles.
What positives have come from your association with All About Jazz? I was totally surprised by the amount of readers I have. Some of the subjects I write about are discussed a lot in the comment section or through the private emails I get.