My parents listened to a lot of different kinds of music. My father sang, my mother played piano, my grandmother played accordion. I started on Clarinet when I was nine, then switched to piano at eleven. I had classical lessons but also learned to play boogie-woogie and blues from my older siblings. I was influenced by the music of Memphis Slim, Roosevelt Sykes, etc. At age sixteen I was introduced to the music of Miles Davis and other jazz musicians. I went to Oberlin College where I studied classical and jazz piano. During this time I was influenced by people like Les McCann, Bill Evans, Bud Powell, and John Coltrane. Later I studied at the Cornish Institute in Seattle with bassist Gary Peacock, who taught me jazz harmony and improvisation. I also studied gamelan and the music of minimalist composers Steve Reich and Philip Glass. I began working as a professional musician, playing Motown, Rock, etc. In 1980 I started listening to Celtic music and took up the accordion. My major influences were the Bothy Band and Dedanann. I started a Celtic band, and a contra dance band. I studied with Irish piano accordionist Jimmy Keane, Cape Breton pianist Doug Mcphee, and African drummer Dumi Maraire. In the early 1990s I helped form the Clayfoot Strutters and Nightingale, who are both active today. I am musical director of Le Bon Vent and Floating Bridge Music.
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