Mike Garson, David Bowie / Smashing Pumpkins / Trent Reznor / Free Flight (Part 2)

Mike Garson Interview

Mike Garson has played piano and keyboards for seventy years. Best known as David Bowie’s keyboard player (no other musician has played more gigs with David Bowie), Mike’s career spans that amazing collaboration and so much more. In Part 2 of this interview (Part 1 is here), we talk to Mike a little more on David Bowie, then move onto his wider career in music, including his work with Smashing Pumpkins, Trent Reznor, the jazz ensemble Free Flight and a whole lot more. Mike also gives listeners / watchers a special improvisational treat at the end so do hang around!

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Discussion topics covered during the show (links will open in new tab): 

How David Bowie was on another level compared to other artists

David Bowie’s hand-drawn portrait of Mike

The impact of David Bowie’s death

Mike and Luke Spiller performing Moonage Daydream at the Sun Rose

Mike on the Adore tour with Smashing Pumpkins

Mike plays Gershwin’s Summertime at a Smashing Pumpkins gig

Discussing God with Billy Corgan and David Bowie

Working with Trent Reznor

Mike playing with Nine Inch Nails live

Watchmen Soundtrack – Trust in the Law 

History with Free Flight

Free Flight on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson

Mike and his work in music therapy

The Physician and the Musician live

Most challenging gigs

Teaching piano and advice for students

Discussion on Mike’s movement, ‘Now Music’

Documentary on Mike Garson

Turning down gigs with Frank Sinatra, Buddy Rich, Sarah Vaughan

Mike plays an interpretation of Space Oddity

Mike’s go-to keyboards

Tag a keyboard player: Nil

Mike plays ‘My Romance’

Mick Ronson’s advice on becming a full-time studio player

A very special improvisation from Mike

Desert Island Discs:   Aladdin Sane – David Bowie, The Goldberg Variations – Glenn Gould, any Mozart requiem, any Verdi requiem, Sunday at the Village Vanguard – Bill Evans (Don’t forget to check out all our guest’s selections on this page)

Thanks to our supporters for this episode: Brother Paul Brown, Midnight Mastering, Tammy Katchur’s Musical Stew, Musicplayer.com forums, and Radio Grande

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