Studied percussion at age 11, trumpet at 13. My mother was a wonderful concert violinist who played under her maiden name, Joan Field. My dad, Alan Reskin, was also a violinist, and played in the Ft. Lauderdale Orchestra and the Boca Pops.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
No idea. By the time I was going to concerts in my early teens I was usually playing in them.
What gear do you use?
I play a Yamaha Artists model New York Bb, a Yamaha Chicago C, a Scherzer rotary piccolo and a Yamaha YFH-631 Flugelhorn.
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
I was more influenced by composers than performers at first. I was blown away by Stravinsky, Bartok, Debussy, Ravel, Hindemith, et al. As I discovered jazz, my favorites were Miles, Art Farmer, Stan Getz, Chick Corea, and later, BS&T, Chicago, Pat Metheny, TOP, and a bunch of Brazilian artists.
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
I freelance in the Miami/Ft. Lauderdale area. I play many different genres, from symphony, opera and ballet to pops, big band and salsa. I'm also the composer of a series of trumpet etude/duet books titled Trumpet Outings, published by Editions BIM, Switzerland.
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
Probably one of the great contemporary jazz pianists like Chick Corea, Lyle Mays, Eliane Elias, Herbie Hancock, etc. They all have the most incredible ears and sensitivity, no matter what you play. They inspire players to exceed their abilities and limitations.
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
Probably when I toured with KC and the Sunshine Band - we played a retro concert at a huge venue in Australia for several thousand people (1994).
My most memorable performance was playing for President Kennedy at the White House as a percussionist with the Brevard Music Festival Orchestra in 1962.
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
That's a toughie, but maybe Chick Corea's "Light as a Feather"...or Miles Davis' "Kind of Blue" ...or...
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