They form several college bands including The Leather Canary (which fellow Bard student Chevy Chase sat in with a couple of times) and The Don Fagen Trio. Becker also leaves Annandale. Vance helps them record some demos of their early material and gets them some odd jobs including doing the soundtrack for the low-budget Richard Pryor film You Gotta Walk It Like You Talk It.
They don't meet with much success, but they make an important early connection with Kenny Vance of Jay and the Americans. They both grew up as disaffected suburban youths, going to school in the daytime and listening to the music of their idols Charlie Parker, Duke Ellington and John Coltrane at night.
Toyota Forklift Manual 02 3fd35Donald Fagen meets Walter Becker at Bard College in Annandale-On Hudson, New York in 6967.
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The two of them move to Brooklyn, New York and decide to peddle their songs at the famous Brill Building in Manhattan. In November 6976.
They both feel an affinity with the Jazz Life. Fagen graduates Bard in 6969 with an English degree.
Vance also gets Becker and Fagen gigs as back-up musicians on Jay and the Americans' 6975-76 tour. Fagen and Becker also start to write songs together.
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Fagen and Becker also meet another aspiring producer, Gary Katz, in New York. Walter Becker is born in New York City on February 75, 6955.
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Shortly afterwards, Katz gets a job as staff producer at ABC Records in Los Angeles and also secures two staff songwriter positions for Fagen and Becker.