Musician

  • Interview with Graham Dechter

    3-28-11 – Interview

    Family stories say that at the age of 2 or 3 little Graham Dechter would sing along with the records his parents played or the music his film arranger Dad was composing. “It just came naturally” he says. It was not that he thought of becoming a musician, it was that he always was a musician. And he discovered his own way to make music. His first piano teacher objected when ­­five year old Graham refused to bring in the Bach piece he was asked to learn and instead brought in a John Williams film score – like Raiders of the Lost Ark. So Graham changed teachers. And although he learned piano and violin it wasn’t until he picked up the guitar – “just to fool around with,” that he discovered his instrument. Listen to Graham talk about the way he learned to play by ear and the unique way he found to play the guitar which is “not how any other guitar player plays” and of course listen to the compelling music he makes on that instrument.

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  • Interview with flutist Holly Hofman

    Show # 150 3-29-11 Holly Hofmann

    Is the flute a jazz instrument? Can a female flutist play jazz with the boys? When Holly Hofmann began her career most people – especially male jazz musicians – said an emphatic “no” to both questions. And they backed up their opinion with cruelty and rejection. But the talented Holly had been playing flute since she was six years old, she spent every night after dinner learning jazz licks from her jazz guitarist father. And Holly’s family motto is we aren’t quitters, so Holly persevered, and along the way garnered support from some wonderful people including legendary bass player Ray Brown, with whom she toured and recorded. Listen to her inspiring story and some wonderful music from her CD “Live at Birdland.”

     

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  • Interview with jazz musician Anat Cohen

    3-15-11 Anat Cohen

    Like her two brothers Anat Cohen is a jazz musician – she plays clarinet and saxophone. Music was always a part of her family life and her parents, who spent years chauffeuring their three children back and forth to lessons and concerts, never suggested that they find another way to spend their lives. For Anat music is not simply her work, it “is never not a part of my life.” When you watch and listen to Anat play you can feel her joy, see that the music inhabits her body – she is one with it. And not only the music she is playing but the music others are playing around her. Although she admits that making a life with music can be challenging – “the source of her pleasure and her misery,” – it is worth whatever sacrifice she makes for it – and we, as her audience, are grateful that she does. Listen to cuts from Anat’s CD “Notes From The Village.”

     

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  • Interview with Frank Wildhorn

    January 4, 2011

    Interview – Frank Wildhorn says “As soon as my hands hit the keys, although I didn’t know what I was doing, I knew I was making music.” He was 14 and living in Hollywood Florida where his family had relocated, and although terrifically enjoying all the things his new Florida home had to offer, Frank’s future was sealed; he would make music. One after another mentors came into his life; a friend’s musician father cautioned him to avoid having ‘something to fall back on’ as his parents suggested, because he says “if you do, you’ll fall back on it.” Miraculously, famous, talented and accomplished mentors like actor/director John Housman and lyricist Leslie Bricusse come into his life and “take him under their wing” Listen to the mysteriously directed life and the glorious music of Frank Wildhorn.

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  • Interview with David Brunetti

    December 7, 2010

    Discussion – In this show I am recapping the concepts of Cover Story and Undercover. I explain that it can be dangerous to begin to recover denied parts of ourselves and I describe The Growing Edge, off of which we must leap whenever we attempt new behavior.

    Interview – David Brunetti says he was “just musical.” When their church gave David’s family the piano they were replacing, he simply sat down and began to “pick out songs.” His musical ability came easily and naturally but he majored in acting in university. And although he wanted to be “Al Pacino,” David just kept getting jobs a musical director. Finally realizing that he could combine his two talents, David created his coaching practice called Acting Songs. He wrote a book about his technique and while he is based in New York, David now teaches all over the world. In addition every year here is invited to teach a master class in “acting songs” at the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota FL.

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  • Memorial to Charlie Prawdzik A Jazz Musician

    November 30, 2010

    This show is dedicated to the memory of Charlie Prawdzik, a musician’s musician. Looking more like an accountant than a jazz musician, when Charlie sat down at the piano you had no doubt that the music was going directly from his soul to his fingers. Able to play pretty much any song, in style, tempo or key Charlie made virtuosity look easy. And if you were a singer you wanted no one but Charlie backing you up. Listen to his self-effacing style and his wonderful music.

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  • Interview with Mark Neuenschwander

    September 14, 2010

    Mark Neuenschwander is an extremely talented, very well respected, successful working musician. Ironically he never expected to live a life dedicated to music. It seemed to sneak up on him. Self effacing, Mark says over and over that he wasn’t born to do this. Continually told how smart he was, Mark believed he had to be an engineer or a physicist or a combination of both, but music just kept getting in the way. Mark’s is the story of a man who kept trying to be what they told him he should be, but who kept bumping his head against what he actually is – until finally realizing and allowing himself to embrace what he is, and enjoy the “tremendous” joy of doing what he loves to do and getting paid for it.

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  • Interview with Michele Brourman

    August’s shows included interviews with people who came in with their destiny clear in their minds, all four musicians were playing the piano by the time they were three years old.

    August 30, 2010 Michele Brourman

    This last interview is also the very first interview I did, with my good friend and extraordinary musician Michele Brourman –who is a musician’s musician. The poster child for ‘she came in with it,’ Michele was playing and singing by the time she was 3 years old. Having been captured by her music from the very beginning of her life Michele took hold of it and refused to let go. If there is anything that can be done with music, she can and does, do. it. Listen to her thoughtful and philosophical exploration of what it means to make a life with music, and sit back and enjoy several of the beautiful and haunting songs from her CD Fools and Little Children.

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  • Interview with Mike Markeverich

    August’s shows included interviews with people who came in with their destiny clear in their minds, all four musicians were playing the piano by the time they were three years old.

    August 24, 2010 Mike Markeverich Part 2

    Mike Markeverich – in this the 2nd half of my interview with Mike, you will hear the turning point which allowed him to consider music as a career, the remarkable story of the voice that encouraged him to persevere and all the unexpected help from teachers and fellow students that allowed Mike to flower into not only a remarkable musician but the cheerful, delightful man he is. Listen to the fun we have and more of Mike’s music – much of which also features the talented drummer Tony Martin and bass player Bill Pilluchere.

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    • Interview with Mike Markeverich Part 1

      August’s shows included interviews with people who came in with their destiny clear in their minds, all four musicians were playing the piano by the time they were three years old.

      August 17, 2010 Mike Markeverich

      Mike Markeverich – blind from birth Mike was nonetheless trying to play songs he heard on the radio, on his toy piano, by the time he was three years old. Although they loved music, his parents had no facility to create it and were surprised by Mike’s passion for it. A neighbor generously provided little Mike with his first piano and in this the 1st half of my interview with him, you can hear the beginnings of his challenging pursuit of the music that would become his life, and also several cuts form his CD “Solid,” in which you can hear why we are so lucky that he took on the challenge.

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    • Interview with Lillette Jenkins-Wisner

      August’s shows included interviews with people who came in with their destiny clear in their minds, all four musicians were playing the piano by the time they were three years old.

      August 10, 2010 Lillette Jenkins-Wisner Re-Run Interview

      Lillette Jenkins-Wisner – is a one of a kind. Born in Harlem almost 85 years ago, she could play whatever she heard by the time she was three. The oldest of nine, her parents couldn’t afford a piano but her upstairs neighbor, who little Lillette would visit and “entertain,” offered her piano if Lillette’s parents would give her music lessons. And Lillette took the financial pressure off her parents by getting scholarships to study music by the time she was 10. Lillette refuses to be pigeonholed; she plays every kind of music. She has been every country in the world following the soldiers as part of the USO in three wars.


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    • Interview with Dotti Anita Taylor

      August’s shows included interviews with people who came in with their destiny clear in their minds, all four musicians were playing the piano by the time they were three years old.

      August 03, 2020 Dotti Anita Taylor Re-Run Interview – see March 30, 2010

      Dotti Anita Taylor was a true prodigy. At three years old Dottie would play the music she’d heard her seven year old sister play. Not surprisingly her sister’s piano teacher didn’t believe it until she saw tiny Dottie play what she heard. Cleverly the teacher insisted that Dottie not hear any of the music she was learning so she would not be able to cheat – but had to learn to read music. The result is a consummate musician who plays not only piano but flute exquisitely. A soft-spoken gentle woman Dottie is a powerhouse when connected to one of her instruments.

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    • Interview with Duncan La Mont Part 2 of 2

      July 13 Interview with Duncan La Mont

      Although already a very successful musician and composer Duncan La Mont discovered that his first love is songwriting. Listen to how he discovered his skill and his passion for songwriting and hear some of his songs which were recorded by Natalie Cole, Blossom Dearie and Cleo Laine – to name only a very few. Duncan’s story to use his words is nothing less than “Magical and Spiritual.”

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    • Interview with Duncan La Mont Part 1 of 2

      July 06, 2010

      This is the first half of my interview with the much awarded, applauded, and accoladed Duncan La Mont. A boy from the tiny poverty stricken town of Greenock, Scotland, who expected to spend his life working in the mines, and although he tried hard to avoid it, found himself playing with Henry Mancini, Tony Bennett, Bing Crosby, Benny Goodman, Paul McCartney. Listen to remarkable way Duncan was pushed into accepting and using his prodigious musical gifts. Hear his wonderful music and his disarming sweetness.

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    • Interview with Dotti Anita Taylor

      March 30, 2010 Audio Interview

      Dotti Anita Taylor was a true prodigy. At three years old Dottie would play the music that her seven year old sister had just finished playing. Not surprisingly her sister’s piano teacher didn’t believe it until she saw tiny Dottie play what she heard. Cleverly the teacher insisted that Dottie not hear any of the music she was learning so she would not be able to cheat – but had to learn to read music. The result is a consummate musician who plays not only piano but flute exquisitely. A soft-spoken gentle woman Dottie is a powerhouse when connected to one of her instruments.

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    • Interview with Duncan La Mont, Part 2

      September 29, 2009

      Duncan La Mont continued.

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    • Interview with Duncan La Mont, Part 1

      September 22, 2009

      Something special I have dedicated the last two weeks in September to an interview with awarded, applauded, accoladed Duncan La Mont. A boy from the poverty stricken tiny town of Greenock, Scotland , who expected to spend his life in the mines, and found himself, although he tried hard to avoid it, playing with Henry Mancini, Tony Bennett, Bing Crosby, Benny Goodman, Paul McCartney…the list is truly endless. Listen to Duncan’s remarkable story, his wonderful music and his disarming sweetness. Duncan’s story to use his words is nothing less than “Magical and Spiritual.”

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    • Interview with Mike Moran

      September 08, 2009

      Interview – In this show I interview composer, arranger, pianist, songwriter Mike Moran (husband of Kitt Moran from last week), a year behind his wife, Mike decided at four years old that what he wanted to do was “make music.” Less supported in this dream than lucky Kitt, he finally gave himself to music. Listen to the lovely result of that surrender.

      Interview – Whenever I encounter a couple, both of whom make their living or their life with an art, I like to interview them as a couple. The Moran’s have been together 36 years and when you hear them talk together you can tell why. There is tenderness, affection, respect, and admiration in virtually everything they say about each other.

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    • Interview with Kitt Moran

      September 01, 2009

      Discussion – Do you have qualities, capacities, abilities you didn’t know you had? Perhaps they are hiding Undercover while you just present your Cover Story – I will be taking about that in this show.

      Interview – with singer, writer, painter Kitt Moran, who knew at 3 years old she was going to be a singer – even though she didn’t know if she could sing. Listen to her hilarious tale of making a childhood career out of Peter Pan, and to the remarkable talent that was waiting to be released. As a child Kitt knew that she was born to be a singer, and she was right.

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    • Interview with Michael Royal, Part 2

      June 16, 2009

      In this show I am playing the 2nd half of my interview with the musically talented and intellectually interesting Michael Royal

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