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October 22, 2009

Herbie Hancock And A Synthesizer

We love to hear the stories of the one thing - or one person - that changed your life. Pat Gleeson was a 34-year-old 18th century lit professor at San Francisco State in the mid-60s. But one day, he decided music was where his heart was. Even though he had no formal musical training, he quit his job and started working in a studio, making "electronic" music with a Moog synthesizer. His life changed when jazz pianist Herbie Hancock came into the studio one day and listened to what Pat was doing. For the next couple of years, Pat found himself center stage with Herbie and at the center of a controversial time in jazz history. The two parted ways, but Pat went on to have a career in music - a career that he says began when Herbie Hancock walked into his studio.

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