BOHP_2010-08-17_Fred Taylor - Chapter 1
Chapter 1: FT:You know I just happened to think of something, that .. will get us to the beginning, but I was at the Panama Jazz Fest, Danilo Perez is ah.. ah.. I think it was his 5th anniversary of that festival, and in one of the halls that we went in during the afternoon they had kids that were about ...oh god.maybe 10-13 years old... congeros .. there was a line of em. maybe about.....or maybe aout 7 or 8 of em, unbelievable, so I went into the room which . I was on a panel and when it started and they asked me the question I said, you know I just wanna let everybody know that once, I was 11 yers old too.. Ahaha. FB:AHhhaHa.. Yes and you were playing piano with Madame Chaloff. FT: This is right. I um.. I don't really know how it happend., I guess somebody had mentioned to my mother that there was a wonderful piano teacher and mymother, played a little piano, and she used to sing, ... not for people, but she used to play the piano and sing to herself at home, and ah.. so she was the one who got the reference that brought be to see Madame..as she was later known as Madame Challoff, Margaret Challoff, mother of Seirg Challoff, ... FB: and Dick. FT: and Dick Challoff ah.. she was married to Julius Chaloff who had a music school, and he was a great classical pianist.- A very proper pompos kind of guy, ah.. so I ...I think it was about 11 years old that started studying classical music, and ah.. with Margaret, I studied for two years... I ... was in a recital after the first year, at ah.. recital hall at New England Conservatory, Margaret had a ... her .. top pupils do a recital every year.... FB: What did you play Fur Elise? FT: No I'll tell you she had me ..I was already up to playing Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata, 3 movements... FB: The whole thing? FT: Yeah.. Yeah.. FB: Damn you were prodigy Fred. FT: Well, I ..ah.. She was incredible, what she would do.. and its so.. and she was a bit of a Mystic by the way, ...and .ah.. she ah.. she used to take my hand, and look at it and read my palm, and she always used to accuse me of having a lazy thumb.... She says you've got a lazy thumb, butyou ... we've got... your life line, you're gonna make a change,... she was.. part of my piano lesson was a palm reading... ahaha.. FB:Nothing pompus about her? FT: No .. no she was right hand, sometimes she's be finishing some housework, and she'd be two floors up, and I'd be practicing my lesson, and I'd hear her, Thump Thump, ..that's the wrong note!. - From two floors up. hahaha.. but ah.. that is how by the way I came to know about Siergi her son, who was at that time, playing in local bands and had just gotten a gig with a new york boston band and was leaving. He was then about 16 or 17 and I was11, I think, and ah.. so I knew about him and I met her other son Dick, and I studied with Margaret, for two years and matter of fact the end of the second year, she had me playing, MacDowell, American Composer, from wandering Iceberg.. FB: Sure. FT: I can't even believe how I was plying, he had ah..my hand .. I .. I can barely do an 8ve, MacDowell wrote things thta had ah.. FB: 10ths and 12ths, FT:10s and 12ths.. FB:Like James P Johnson, FT:Yeah, ...and so I used to have to roll to get to the chord, but somehow the harder the piece, the more it challenged me that I would do it, and ah. I 'll tell you who else was a pupil at the same time was Steve Cune, FB: Really, FT:Steve Cune, and we'd had a little recital at Steve's home, ...ah.. I think they lived in Newton at the time.. FB: His father was a doctor too. . FT:Right.. Right.. FB: Yeah. FT: And ah.. a matter of fact, I was with Steve a little while ago, and we reminised a little bit about those, days, ...ah ..margaret had some of the greatest piano...I htink shearing even came for .. her .. Her touch technique was something else, and that they .. a lot of the great pianists came to study with her. .. in ah... so when I was in.. ..so that was the beginning of ... of ..of .. music in my life.. and .. I can't tell you exactly why I stopped after two years, I don't know weather it was . hard times, or the folks ,..ahd .. I don't really know, but for soe reason I stopped. I later, took some piano lessons.. with a Boston pianist named Sid Rhinhurst, ..who used to do a program on WORL which was a great station in Boston, - the 920 club.. and as a matter of fact, the 920 special, which was ah.. a tune, I think the basie band, and FB:Basie FT: and harry Jams, recorded it, it was dedicated to WORL,that's what the 920 special was. FB:ah.. it wasn't the number on the dial.. FT:Yeah that was their number... on the dial.. FB:Oh they dedicated it on the radio station... FT: Yeah that's where that song came out of ....the 920 special... FB: Cooll. what ws that Jimmy Monday? FT: Not sure.. FB: Ah whatever- They tune... FT: So Sid Rhinhust, used to have ... I think it was a 15 minute segment, from the stark piano warehose, where he would play on the different pianos, and he was kind of a stride pianist, and I started .. Sid would write arrangements,out for me, like Bing Bing Bing Bing, and .. I would practice them, and I studied with him.. for .. I don't know,..maybe 6 months or so.. so thats where I started to get into some popular.ah.. piano.. a little bit.. and then I just started noodling on my own. ... so ..