A Music Lesson from Donald Fagen | Paul Shaffer Plus One

The Steely Dan frontman shows us how he wrote one of the band’s biggest hits

At age 11, Donald Fagen’s life was changed when he attended Newport Jazz Festival. In his own words, he became a “jazz snob”, learned to play the piano, and the baritone horn. In college, he met Walter Becker at a coffee house. After a couple failed groups, they formed Steely Dan in the summer of 1970. This week on Paul Shaffer Plus One, Donald Fagen is joining Paul Shaffer to talk about his relationship with Becker, his songwriting process, and even share a few secrets behind their hit, “Reelin’ in the Years”. Get a sneak peek of the performance above and check out the full episode of Paul Shaffer Plus One this Sunday at 8/7c on AXS TV!

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