I had a passion for piano from a very young age. My Uncle Phil is a great pianist: I can remember watching him play when I was a boy and wanting to be able to do the same. He has been a great inspiration to me over the years. I went through my grades and then became interested in jazz after meeting Alan Woodley, who gave me jazz lessons and was the second great inspiration in my life. I joined Amaziah in the late 70s – that’s when I met Derek and Jez. Many years on I still have the same passion for piano (and have made a career from tuning, restoring, buying and selling them) and it has been a privilege to put that passion to use playing in Derek’s new album.