Started at the age of 3 with formal classical lessons with my father being a symphonic bassist and my mother a soprano. Was the youngest person at the time to ever join the American Federation of Musicians at 13 years old and was at Manhattan School of Music in NYC at 15 while running my own entertainment agency, record label, and promotional network. I made a transformation from just classical to the New Orleans/Mississippi Stride piano/rock and blues right around the age of 14, but continued my classical studies.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
The first concert was an Easter Sunday special show at Convention Hall in Asbury Park, NJ with Bill Doggett and a variety of R&B acts which was around 1962 and went alone. I was one of the very few white members in the audience!
What gear do you use?
Steinway Model L, 1978 6'4" Kawai grand, General Music 88 note workstation, Kurzweil 88 note stage piano plus multiple modules and a neck keyboard.
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
My influence varied from Dinu Lupatti, Liberace, Horowitz, Victor Borge, to Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Art Tatum, Oscar Peterson, Fats Waller, Yma Sumac, Mario Lanza. I liked the individual style and sound that each individual had both instrumentally and vocally. The best way was to go to see them live, watch TV, or listen on other friends recordings.
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
The original Stormin' Norman Seldin & The Joyful Noyze that featured Clarence "Big Man" Clemons before he met Bruce by performing with us. Then Steel Breeze and currently the Stormin' Norman Seldin show with Pam McCoy & John Hanney appearing on a regular weekly basis. You have to go to www.normanseldin.com to check our schedule.
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
Roy Buchannon, Freddy King, Jocko Pastore, Fats Domino because I've had the limited pleasure of being on stage with them in the past, but there wasn't enough time to enjoy it all because things were moving so fast.
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
Giants Stadium in Rutherford, NJ for the halftime show with Clarence "Big Man" Clemons for the 1994 Giants/Vikings playoff game in ten below zero weather! There were about 60,000 in the stadium at the time. It was certainly one of the most memorable ones along with the Academy of Music in Philadelphia, PA, and Madison Square Garden in NYC>
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
Good Ole Boys by Randy Newman. In the 70's and it has truth, humor and variety that is always a pleasure to listen to.
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