Through the Years, Music Is Influence

Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), June 16, 1997 | Go to article overview
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Through the Years, Music Is Influence


Byline: Maureen Spizzirri

At age 4, Kim Avrutik-Ogden's parents - a jazz tenor saxophonist who played with members of Count Basie's Band and Fats Waller, and a dancer who performed with George Burns and Gracie Allen - gave her a ukulele.

"While my parents didn't encourage me to go into show business, they did do something great for me," said Ogden, an Island Lake resident. "They put an instrument in my hand at a very young age. The guitar has been my life-long best friend."

By age 15, Ogden was giving guitar lessons to 45 students. "I didn't think it was a big deal, " she said. "I thought every 15-year-old did that.

After playing in clubs, Ogden went to college. There she decided she had to chose between becoming a nutritionist or continuing guitar studies.

Ogden chose nutrition. After her bachelor and master's degrees and Ph.D., she said her guitar "sat in the corner. I really felt like part of me was missing."

Twenty-five years after taking her first students, Ogden decided to get that part of her back by taking students again last winter.

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