Jazz, Classical and New Age music are my essential genres. I venture into Blues, Opera and Show music regularly. Country and Western suits certain moods. I don't enjoy Hip Hop, World or Pop and my least liked genre is Smooth Jazz; it sets my teeth on edge and makes me want to flee the room.
My family have musical backgrounds and talents that I don't possess, despite monumental efforts and 12 years of piano lessons. My jazz teacher commented that I was the only piano player he ever met who couldn't play his own arrangements.
My father played piano with a swing band into the 1960s and his solo work was of the James P. Johnson/ Fats Waller style of stride piano.
My uncle was a founding member of the violin section of the Youngstown Symphony Orchestra and also "fiddled" for a cowboy band in the 30s. He was also a member of a Hungarian society band, The Society Notes and also played traditional Hungarian music. They recorded an album on WAM records in 1963 titled "A Bouquet of Hungarian Songs," mixing some folk (Csardas) and Hungarian popular music.
I bought a guitar with birthday money when I was 12 or 13 and put it away after struggling to learn to play. My brother picked it up one day and was playing tunes within an hour. I finally faced reality and cultivated my skills as a virtuoso listener.