Whilst recently working up in London I took the opportunity to record and film my father playing the piano. When I was young he was the biggest musical influence in the early years of my playing the guitar. I think I’d learnt many jazz standards even before I began to play the guitar just by hearing him play at home.
My brother (who used to play the drums) and I gained experience playing live and would gig together with my dad as a trio in working mens clubs and pubs. This was very beneficial to me, as I became comfortable and confident playing in front of people at quite a young age.
My dad, now 82 years of age, still enjoys playing the piano, which shows that making music is a lifetime journey.