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SOMA People That You Meet — Russell Kaplan

People That You Meet is a series of interviews conducted and posted by the Vanessa Pollock Team/Keller Williams, highlighting residents of the South Orange-Maplewood community and their diverse and interesting lives.

This installment is an interview with Russell Kaplan, writer of musicals and player of the jazz piano.

What town do you live in?

  • Maplewood

Where did you live before that?

  • Maplewood East (Brooklyn)

What brought you to SOMA (or surrounding town)?

  • We’d visited good friends here before and knew we loved the vibe, plus its great reputation with the arts community.

What do you do (for a living or as a serious hobby)?

  • For bills paying, I work in a college admissions office in Manhattan.  For soul feeding (and hopefully eventually bills-paying too) I write musicals and play jazz piano.

What’s music/album are you really into these days?

  • Oh man…a lot.  Robert Glasper, Punch Brothers, Tame Impala.  The last David Bowie album (sigh) is pretty great.

If you could have a super-power, what would it be?

  • Super human time management!

What’s the best book you’ve read in the last 5 years?

  • Two: The Eighth Day by Thornton Wilder, and Just Kids by Patti Smith.

What’s something that amazes you?

  • Every time my 3-year-old learns something new my brain explodes a little.

Describe your family:

  • One wife, one toddler, one cat.  All stupendous

Describe your ideal day:

  • Involves some time jamming, some time with my family, some time outdoors.

Favorite local place to eat?

  • Park Wood Diner

Who/What did you aspire to be when you were little?

  • Sherlock Holmes

Of all the places you’ve traveled, which is your favorite?

  • Peru.

What inspires you?

  • The really weird stuff in nature & science, grand human acts of kindness, music that stops time.

How would you describe your “style”?

  • College-professorial?  I don’t teach college, but I can definitely rock an elbow patch.

Coffee or tea?

  • Coffee.

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