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Music Memory - William Heaton

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This week we hear from William Heaton,the morning show producer at JAZZ.FM91! 

"I was 11 years old and had just started studying instrumental music at school. My mom, wanting to foster that, brought me to the jazz night at the arts high school I would eventually attend.

The night was a memorable one to say the least, not only was it my first time seeing live jazz, but it was one of the first times I had seen live music. It was a swinging night filled with both teacher run as well as student run ensembles. The last act of the night was the senior jazz big band and that was the act that struck me the most.

At the back of the band, next to the drums, was this giant instrument. I didn’t know at the time what it was called; all I knew was that I wanted to learn how to play it. Little did I know at the time that not only would I get to learn how to play the upright bass in high school, but that I would eventually graduate Humber College having studied bass there."

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