My parents made me take piano lessons when I was four. Mom encouraged me to practice what the piano teachers wanted me to play, but I always wanted to play the music I heard on the radio or TV.
I studied classical piano at first, but I soon became more interested in playing jazz and popular music by ear, entertaining the family members after Sunday dinner. My grandfather played his old records and encouraged me to figure out the songs. My first interest in traditional jazz came from an old record I came across, Curtain Going Up by the Dukes of Dixieland.
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