Dick Hyman Quotes
I was playing the piano when I was a little boy. Ours was a musical family - my mother played a bit, my big brother Arthur taught me many jazz devices and eventually, after studying with other teachers, I began lessons with my uncle, Anton Rovinsky, who was a concert pianist of note in the 1920s, 30s and 40s.
I met Enoch Light in the middle 50s when I was beginning to be known in free-lance recording circles in New York. There was a pool of a few hundred musicians in recordings. There were few self-contained pop groups then and for the most part various contractors or offices would book a band for specific recordings a week or two in advance. Groups of musicians would tend to work for particular leaders or contractors, but matters were fairly fluid - if one person was unavailable, the second on the list would be called. We all worked for as many leaders and contractors as possible and were extremely busy. Days or two or three sessions of three hours each were frequent. We were also playing for commercials, films and live radio and television. This activity in total was known as "studio work" and as a pianist, organist and then arranger and leader myself, I was a part of it for four decades. Through the years Enoch was one of my principal employers, but there were many others.
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