(Reed Simon: firstname.lastname@example.org) To say that jazz was in my ear at an early age would be an understatement. But it wasn’t until I heard an Earl Hines record on the radio that I began to make connections with my father’s musical past. Having quit classical violin lessons in high school, I was open to the impovisational sounds that I had grown up with. It was a short time before I began emulating jazz violinists Joe Venutti and Stephan Grapelli. Later, I began to sit in with jazz musicians where I was exposed to the rich voices of the great horn players like Lester Young and Charlie Parker, players who would begin my musical journey into jazz.