My mother was the first woman in the county in Indiana where we were born, in Jay County, to have a college degree. She was educated as a pianist and she wanted to concertize, but when the war came she was married, had a family, so she started teaching.
I started off as a studio pianist in Hollywood.
When a little more than a teenager, I was a piano-bar pianist in the land where I was born and raised, Tuscany.
I don't regard myself as a great classical or jazz pianist. I like country music, but I'm not a great player. I just like music. Drums 'n' bass is pretty exciting and I'd love to explore it.
To search for a pianist, it is very difficult; sometimes you find one.
My mother adores singing and plays piano. My uncle was a phenomenal pianist. My brother John is a double bassist. I used to play the piano, badly, and cello. My brother Peter played violin.
I consider myself to be an inept pianist, a bad singer, and a merely competent songwriter. What I do, in my opinion, is by no means extraordinary.
But my mom was a pianist, and she taught piano out of her house. I was just so excited, being a little kid and having all these other kids come to my house twice a week. I thought it was a big party.
I'm not really a pianist.
The people who raised me musically are my mother, who is a classically trained pianist, and my stepfather.
My mother was a classical pianist and my stepfather was an industrialist who was passionate about composing contemporary music.
Classical pianist Awadagin Pratt. I first heard this eccentric and introverted performer when I was living in the Midwest. He was playing Brahms ballades - haunting.
I've had to ban my mum from coming to see me play. She gets so nervous before any show. I've always got a few nerves but she's so much worse than me. You'd think she'd be able to handle that kind of situation. After all, she is a concert pianist.
My mother wanted me to be a concert pianist.
Jazz is a constant theme in my life. My father is a jazz pianist, and from an early age I have been surrounded by it.
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