An incredible pianist and composer, Mischa Piatigorsky is that rare sort of musician and human being who really “gets” the meaning of life and lives his to the fullest every day. A profound artist who the Boston Globe said, “beautifully merges the worlds of serious jazz and pop,” Mischa has the amazing gift of seeing music and life through the eyes of a child with an unbound sense of wonder.
In this impromptu interview we did in the middle of a beautiful dinner party hang in his upper Manhattan apartment, Mischa expounds on our shared love of The Beatles, the odd circumstances that brought us together, why music is the very essence of life and how a run in with Quincy Jones opened his eyes to what really matters in life. (HINT: It’s not what you think). Dig what Mischa has to say and if you take a deep enough breath in with your nose you just might be able to smell the amazing leg of lamb that followed the interview. Enjoy!
His talents didn’t just fall from the sky. Mischa has musical greatness in his DNA. He is the great nephew to one of the great Russion cellists, Gregor Piatigorsky
When he got to college, Mischa studied with one of the great jazz pianists, Kenny Baron
Sketchy Orchestra: The band Mischa founded that plays classic songs you’ve known your entire life except in a way that leaves you wondering, “Now how did THAT song end up THERE??
Quincy Jones: The Man! The guy I named my kid after. Hear how he changes Mischa’s life on a most fortuitous meeting. Most people know the name but most have no clue just how profound his body of work really is. Here’s a brief discography. No matter how young or old you know some of his work. The guy wrote the theme to Sanford & Son for God’s sake!