NBJP: Other than the instrument you play, what’s your favorite instrument to listen to?

RE: My favorite instrument to listen to besides the piano would be the Cello

NBJP: What’s the worst (non-musical) job you ever had?

MS: The non musical job which was the worst lasted but 1 day so I guess this would be the worst- working in a toy store when I was about 15. I quit. The only other non musical job I’ve had was when I worked in a supermarket. This didn’t last too much longer than the toy store job.

NBJP:   If you could only own one CD what would it be? (This is one I know might have a different answer on a different day ;)! )

MS: If I could own only 1 CD, as of today, that would be The Chopin Polonaises- Vladimir Horowitz performing.

NBJP:  Who’s your favorite non-jazz composer?

MS: Non jazz composer favorite of mine- Bach

NBJP: What’s the last book you read?

MS: Last book read- Original Zinn, Conversations On History and Politics by Howard Zinn with David Barsamian

NBJP: What’s your favorite (“G” rated!) guilty pleasure?

MS:  My favorite guilty pleasure is eating too many Brother Kane’s baby back ribs potato chips. They’re to die for(hopefully not literally).

NBJP:  What musician do you believe has influenced you the most? (so far)

MS: Musician that has influenced me the most up until now- Of course all of the great pianists be it in jazz, classical, Brazilian, Latin music, etc. have influenced me but if it’s one here I’d say Bill Evans.

PLUS ONE: When did you know that you wanted to be a professional jazz musician?

MS: I knew that I wanted to be a professional musician at around the age of 18.