Trombonist, attorney and resident pragmatic, rational, reasonable conservative
When and why I started playing:
Started playing trombone in fifth grade, circa 1965. My uncle played the trombone. My grand-nephew is carrying on the tradition, with me as his inspiration. (He’s too young to know any better).
What triggered my interest in music:
Uncle Bob was the start, but female vocalists when I hit puberty continued my interest. One thing led to another — concert band, marching band, pit orchestra, jazz band, big band, making out on school band trips…
Favorite Neil Diamond song and why:
Probably “Brooklyn Roads.” It’s very relatable and nostalgic at this stage in my life.
Favorite non-Neil artist:
I’m a big band nerd—drives my wife and daughter crazy. So any of those dead guys, and the Spitfire Band is a pretty good modern knock-off.
Semi-retired lawyer, gadfly and renaissance man.
I’ve got a few. My first love was writing. A Major League Baseball front-office gig. A professional poker player. International man of mystery. Jane Seymour’s paramour (the actress, not the queen).
First concert ever attended, where and how old I was:
I honestly can’t remember. (Reference Gary Gomez’s (Neil Diamond’s) commentary re: the ’60s at one of our gigs).