I was born in London 1933, and aged 12, went to a school with two music teachers, a choir and an orchestra. I played the piano, and the viola in the orchestra. In one memorable concert we played the 1st Brandenburg concerto of Bach, a truly life-changing experience. I fell in love with Jazz as a teenager and because I have a natural bass ear, I became a bass player. In 1969 I decided to give all my attention to composing and arranging. Making music with the Kurt Edelhagen Band and the the Skymasters and the Metropole Orchestra in Holland. Duke Ellington said: "It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing", and this light hearted song title is both fun and a deeply serious truth.