RIGHT NOW I’M IN THE MIDDLE OF Arranging tunes for my new group, The Thor Jensen Jazz Organization. We’ve got our first show on March 28 at the Knickerbocker.
BORN, RAISED & GREW UP IN Born in Manhattan, then moved to Stonington Borough in third grade.
FAVORITE WAY TO SPEND MY TIME Practice, practice, practice.
PROUDEST ACCOMPLISHMENT Playing to a sold-out crowd at Stubb’s BBQ in Austin, Texas. Made me feel like I was doing something right.
WHAT I’D LIKE TO BE REMEMBERED FOR Listening.
ON MY BUCKET LIST Carnegie Hall.
ALWAYS IN MY POCKET Pocket knife, guitar picks.
WHAT I WANTED TO BE WHEN I GREW UP Chef, baseball player, rock star.
PERSON OR EXPERIENCE THAT HAS INFLUENCED ME THE MOST Travel. My band has toured a lot in the last couple of years. Every day on the road is like a semester of school.
FAVORITE AUTHOR Tom Robbins.
LAST BOOK READ “Who Killed Art Deco?” by Chuck Barris.
FAVORITE SONG “Drunk on the Moon,” by Tom Waits.
FAVORITE MOVIE “This is Spinal Tap.”
FAVORITE TV SHOW “The Venture Brothers.”
FAVORITE PET Kevin. He was our cat when I was a kid.
FAVORITE MEAL Pho.
AMOUNT OF TIME I SPEND A DAY ON FACEBOOK No comment.
TRAIT I MOST ADMIRE Logic.
PET PEEVE Impoliteness.
FAVORITE QUOTATION “Dig, and be dug in return.” — Langston Hughes.
MY FAVORITE THING ABOUT OUR LITTLE CORNER OF THE WORLD The fact that you can hear the foghorns and the trains from anywhere.
CAN’T LIVE WITHOUT Good food, good jams and good company.
LITTLE-KNOWN FACT ABOUT ME I love watching birds.
BEST ADVICE I EVER RECEIVED Don’t stop.
ADVICE I BEST LIKE TO GIVE Don’t stop.
IF I RULED THE WORLD I WOULD Resign.
IF I WON THE LOTTERY, THE FIRST THING I WOULD DO IS Buy a round ... at an airport bar on my way to Paris.
I DRIVE A Pair of boots.
I WISH I DROVE A car.
ALWAYS IN MY FRIDGE Eggs.
IF I COULD HAVE DINNER AND A CONVERSATION WITH ANYONE IN THE WORLD I WOULD CHOOSE Tom Waits.
— Interview conducted and edited by Nancy Burns-Fusaro.