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  • Michael Burman (2001)
    Born in South Wales, Michael discovered jazz by accident in his early teens when he misheard the title of a piece of music coming up on the radio and began to record Johnny Hodges and Things Ain't What They Used to Be with Duke Ellington, on his reel-to-reel recorder.

    "I was a true child of the 60s, so of course I also listened to the Beatles, the Stones, the Hollies, Dusty Springfield, Manfred Mann, the Yardbirds, John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, the Moody Blues, and Spencer Davis," recalls the Peninsula-based software programmer.

    "But at the same time I loved jazz music. There was very little jazz on the radio (BBC) in those days - only two hours per week, so it was difficult to hear a lot of jazz. But in my mid-teens I discovered, to my surprise, that there were several other 'weird' kids at my school, and we used to listen to each others' music: Cannonball, Miles, Oliver Nelson, Jazz Messingers."
    Pick Artist Album Song Label
    # 1 Dave Brubeck Dave Digs Disney Someday My Prince Will Come (Columbia)
    # 2 Charlie Parker Yardbird Suite Ko-Ko (Rhino)
    # 3 Thelonious Monk Monk We See (OJC)
    # 4 Frank Sinatra Songs for Swingin' Lovers Old Devil Moon (Capitol)
    # 5 Oscar Peterson Trio with Milt Jackson Very Tall Work Song (Verve)
    # 6 Dick Hyman Music of 1937 Bei Mir Bist Du Schön (Concord)
    # 7 Johnny Hodges The Complete Verve Johnny Hodges Small Group Sessions, 1956-61 The Last Time I Saw Paris (Mosaic)
    # 8 Gerry Mulligan Concert Jazz Band featuring Zoot Sims Concert Jazz Band Compact Jazz Apple Core (Verve)
             
    Book Anthony Powell, "A Dance to the Music of Time"
             
    Luxury Item A kettle, a teapot, and a supply of black tea
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