What was the first concert you ever saw?
If you don't count bands I was in, it was Elvis Costello at the Greek Theatre, in Berkeley (Calif.), in 1982.
What CDs are in your changer right now?
Antonio Carlos Jobim with Gal Costa, Rio Revisited (live in Los Angeles, 1987); Big Bang Theory, live at CBGB, New York City, 1992 (I'm remastering the project 15 years later); Astor Piazzolla.
How many total albums do you own (CDs, vinyl, cassettes, 8-tracks)?
One thousand-plus CDs and about 1,000 vinyl records.
Do you download music, and if so, legally or illegally?
Not often. (I like hard copies.) Only legally. I like to get paid, so...
What was the first album you owned?
Count Basie, On the Road.
What song would you like to have played at your funeral?
"Chega de Saudade" by Antonio Carlos Jobim.
Musically speaking, what do you love that your friends don't know about? What's your favorite guilty pleasure?
Lou Reed, "Satellite of Love."
What band or artist changed your life, and how?
Antonio Carlos Jobim. His sense of composition, musical intention and imagination have helped ground me from the be-bop fray.
Figurative gun to your head, what is your favorite album of all time?
David Bowie, Hunky Dory.