Errol Garner – Where or When
I spent forty years trying to emulate the playing of this musical genius. This is as good as he gets.
Modern Jazz Quartet – Django
A forgotten masterpiece from the late fifties, when it was the leading edge of modern music. I loved their occasional concerts at the Free Trade Hall.
Beethoven Piano Sonata No.20, Op.49 No.2
I chose this purely because I can now play it, after only five months of practice.
Ella Fitzgerald – Misty
I heard them play several concerts in Manchester. A fine old time was had by all.
Concerts in those days were by people like Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Stan Getz, Sonny Rollins, Charlie Mingus, B B King and Ray Charles, among others.
Eric Clapton - Nobody Knows You When You're Down & Out
My all-time favorite version of a piece I’ve played thousands of times. This song has been my personal theme tune/anthem for sixty years. Poignant lyrics, as it happens.