In 1978, Kravitz was accepted into the school's well-respected music program.
He taught himself to play piano and bass, and made friends with Zoro who would later become his long-time collaborator. He also appeared as an actor in television commercials during this time.
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His father, who was also a jazz promoter, was friends with Duke Ellington, Sarah Vaughan, Count Basie, Ella Fitzgerald, Bobby Short, Miles Davis and other jazz greats.
Ellington even played "Happy Birthday" for him one year when he was about 5.
Kravitz grew up spending weekdays on the Upper East Side of Manhattan, with his parents, attending P. 6 for elementary school, and weekends at his grandmother Bessie Roker's house in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn. Kravitz grew up listening to the music his parents listened to: R&B, jazz, classical, opera, gospel, and blues.
Kravitz began banging on pots and pans in the kitchen, playing them as drums at the age of three. "My parents were very supportive of the fact that I loved music early on, and they took me to a lot of shows," Kravitz said.
Kravitz was named after his uncle, Private First Class Leonard M.
Kravitz, who was killed in action in the Korean War at the age of 19, while defending against a Chinese attack and saving most of his platoon; he was posthumously awarded the Distinguished Service Cross but was denied the Medal of Honor.At his mother's urging, Kravitz joined the California Boys Choir for three years, where he performed a classical repertoire, and sang with the Metropolitan Opera.He took part in Mahler's Third Symphony at the Hollywood Bowl.I love how passionate they are about making movies and getting them out there for the whole world to see.They've made me feel like family and I can't thank them enough for their support.In the latest episode: Arielle Kebbel dishes on how she told her parents about her Fifty Shades Freed role, and Black Panther stars name the real-life heroes that inspired their characters.