I was a teenager in the 1960s when I met Gina Alice, the black jazz pianistic pianist who would become the most famous pianist in jazz history.
When she died in 1999 at age 86, I knew nothing about her except that she was the most important black jazz musician I’d ever met.
Alice was my first musical teacher, and my musical life has been shaped by her teachings.
I have a strong love of jazz, and I was honored to be a part of her music and her legacy.
My father and grandmother, my mother, my sister and I all grew up with her music.
Alisa taught me how to play the piano and to dance.
She taught me that the greatest things in life were love and music.
As a teenager, she would take me to the opera and I would hear her beautiful songs.
She was a teacher.
Alida Alice is the subject of this book.
She is one of the greats, and this is the story of how she inspired jazz.
Gina Alida (1889-1964) was born in Detroit, Michigan, the eldest of four children.
Her father was a pianist and she loved jazz.
As the oldest of four in her family, she had to be careful about the piano because she would get a little upset when her mother was playing.
She started learning to play piano as a child.
She played her first jazz piano, a bass, at the age of 14.
At the age 20, she quit her job as a maid in a hotel and became a jazz pianism teacher in Detroit.
Alisha taught at the University of Michigan and played at jazz clubs in Detroit and elsewhere.
Alina had a reputation for teaching very young children, which was an advantage in her case.
Her music became known in the Detroit area, and she toured widely with other jazz pianistics.
In her early 20s, she began to make the rounds of jazz clubs and colleges, but she was not a big draw.
She stopped touring and she never had much success.
She died in 1964 at age 88.
Her mother, Dorothy, was an alcoholic who was the founder of the Alida and James Alida Foundation.
Alia grew up in a wealthy, well-educated family, but her father was always in the middle of things.
She had an older brother who was a great pianist.
Dorothy had a great influence on Alida.
Her mother and sister were great musicians and were very close to her.
I loved to study music.
I always wanted to be an artist, and then my mother was in the piano business and I had a lot of music education, so I got a piano from her.
Alissa loved to play music, and her mother encouraged that.
Her brother also loved to make music, but he was always very busy and I think it was his music that was the driving force behind his music.
It was a wonderful thing to have both of them around.
It is very hard to be with someone when they are working and making music.
They had a tremendous impact on my life, and their music helped shape my life and my career.
She also loved traveling, which I was interested in.
I had to decide which of the four children to marry.
I was going to marry Alina’s older brother, a man called Jack.
I said, “Jack, I want you to be my son.
I want to marry you, but I want my daughter to be married to Jack.”
He said, “‘You want your daughter to marry Jack?
If she gets married to Alina, it’s going to be Jack’s baby.’
That’s the way he was with me.
He wanted to marry me.
I thought, ‘Oh, my God, that’s my girl.’
He was a little jealous, but the fact is, I love her.
We are best friends, and that was how it worked out.
It’s really a blessing that Alina gave me that freedom, because she was a very good piano teacher.GINA ANDIACO ALI, THE GREAT SON Alia had a brother, John, who was also a great jazz pianismo player.
When Alisa was in her early teens, John left her for another man.
Alias was not interested in John, and they didn’t get along.
She said, I know it sounds strange to say, but if I had known then what I know now, I would have never married John.
I told her, ‘I know it’s hard, but you have to marry him.
If you don’t, you can’t have any children with him.’
Alisa’s father was the leader of a small, isolated community in Detroit called West Side.
He was very controlling.
He would call Alisa and say, ‘You can’t go to the mall or you can only stay with your parents. You