Personality Test: Jimmy Adler
Jimmy Adler is a high-school English teacher and blues guitarist. He released his fourth album, “Grease Alley,” in Novmeber. It was recorded at the famed Greaseland Studios in California. It features blues recording luminaries like Chris Cain and June Core and encompasses styles ranging from swamp-blues to swing.
Adler performs with John Gresh’s Gris Gris every first Friday of the month at NOLA on the Square in Market Square, Downtown.
The star who would play me in the movie version of my life:
Jerry O’Connell, because some have said we look alike
Keith Richards, because he looked and sounded cool while playing the guitar
Superpower I wish I had in real life:
I wish I could fly, because I like to travel.
The movie that always makes me cry:
“Dead Poets Society.” The final scene when Ethan Hawke’s character stands on his desk and calls out “O Captain! My captain!” This movie really inspired me to want to go into teaching.
Favorite brunch food:
I like any kind of pasta and bagels with lox.
My worst job:
Working on an assembly line in California attaching wooden braces to one side of a large video game
Favorite guilty pleasure:
15-year-old single malt Dalwhinnie scotch
Favorite Pittsburgh-area landmark:
I used to walk throughout the Carnegie Museum in Oakland while my daughter was in art class, and I especially enjoyed the paintings.
Movie I could watch every time it appears on cable:
“The Last Waltz,” directed by Martin Scorsese
I can’t live without my:
My favorite reality show:
I don’t watch reality TV.
My favorite Pittsburgh athlete:
Manny Sanguillen was always memorable when he stepped up to the plate and took his stance.
Favorite sandwich, plus fixings:
I take a turkey sandwich to work every day with yellow mustard and Swiss cheese.
Last book I read:
“Go Set a Watchman” (Harper Lee) this summer; however, I always reread the books I teach in high school; therefore, I would have to list Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart” as the most recent.
Something I wish I could do over:
Play the blues in France and Europe with my guitar
TV marathon I could watch all day:
Larry David’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” is a show I used to watch because of its quirky sense of humor.
Favorite Pittsburgh pizza:
Fiori’s Pizza on Capital Avenue
Best concert I’ve ever seen:
The Rolling Stones and George Thorogood in Buffalo
If I could tour with any two bands, they would be:
The Rolling Stones and George Thorogood
Three people I would like to have dinner with:
Keith Richards, Ry Cooder and Jimmie Vaughan
The person I’m most often mistaken for:
Jimmy Krenn, which is funny because we have the same first name, and strangers have called out, “Hello, Jimmy” when I think they may know me as a musician, but it often turns out that they think they know me as the radio personality. It just happened again the other day while attending a show at Moondog’s.
The song that always gets me on the dance floor:
Frank Sinatra’s “Summer Wind,” because it reminds me of the coolness of Mickey Rourke in “The Pope of Greenwich Village” movie.
In high school, I was:
A football player who became enamored by the power of music and the guitar
Saturday mornings, you’ll find me:
Relaxing with a book, magazine, newspaper, guitar and pot of French roast coffee
People would be surprised to know that I:
Teach high-school English at Pittsburgh CAPA by day and play the blues on the weekends