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Chieli Minucci and Karen Briggs join Lao Tizer in Norfolk / The Virginian-Pilot

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Growing up on a Colorado commune, Tizer was exposed to a broad range of music and experiences. His "hippie" parents, as he describes them, were of Russian-Jewish heritage, and though neither one played a musical instrument, Tizer started improvising on the piano when he was young.

Part of his musical education came from his dad's large LP collection. His parents listened to classical and world music, from Japanese shakuhachi music to artists such as Ravi Shankar. They also read Eastern religion and named their son after the Taoist philosopher Lao Tzu. "I had a very diverse diet of influences," he said. "The music we hear when we are young and impressionable affects us."

Hampton Roads audiences can get a taste of this multitalented keyboard artist when the Lao Tizer Band performs Saturday at the Attucks Theatre as part of the Church Street Jazz Series.

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