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 has 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 Hun