What was the first concert you ever saw?
Leroy Jenkins/Andrew Cyrille duo at Creative Music Studio, Woodstock, N.Y. Probably 1973 or 1974.
What CDs are in your changer right now?
Martha Wainwright, Martha Wainwright; Nicole Mitchell/Harrison Bankhead/Hamid Drake, Indigo Trio; Randy Weston, Mosaic Select box set; John Adams, My Father Knew Charles Ives.
How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?
Probably around 2,000, mostly on CD.
Do you download music, and if so, legally or illegally?
I download legally. I'm also involved in new configurations of digital music downloading, at greenleafmusic.com.
What was the first album you owned?
Received the same day: Stevie Wonder, Songs in the Key of Life, and Herbie Hancock, V.S.O.P.
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
Never thought about that. I think I would want people to sing together; chorales or something that can be sung by a group of people of varying abilities. ... But like I said, that's a great question, and at 43, I haven't really thought about it.
Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
I don't think music has any guilty pleasures. But my wife thinks it's odd that I love Burt Bacharach.
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
I'd like my life to keep changing every day. That wish keeps me curious about music and looking to find something of value in everything I hear: Miles Davis, Talking Heads, Igor Stravinsky.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
I would ask if I could bring my iPod. But, OK, to play along: Gil Evans and Miles Davis, Porgy and Bess, because it contains just about everything.