I grew up in Ridgewood, New Jersey with lots of Duke Ellington, Errol Garner, Tommy Dorsey, and Julie London played around the house. I began piano at age 8, moved to drums at 11, guitar at 12, and bass at 13. With bass lessons from teachers in Ridgewood I moved up to starting band in 1968, "Aurelia", and have kept playing consistently through to the present.
Studied Music Theory (EROICA : Beethoven's Third Symphony) Ridgewood High, Ridgewood NJ. 1971
Studied Music Theory at Ripon College, Ripon Wisconsin 1972
At Indiana University, Bloomington I studied String Bass in the Jacobs School of Music under Prof. Larry Hurst and Prof Bruce Bransby, History of Jazz and Soul under Dr. David Baker, History of Black Composers with Dr. William 'Dr. B' Banfield (now at Berkeley), and Bass Performance with The Afro-American Choral Ensemble directed by Dr. James Mumford.
I graduated with an Associates Degree with Honors in 1994.
Performing with bands, duos, orchestra, and the occasional solo, since 1968 in Rock and Roll, Blues, Country, Folk, and Gospel, I am particularly attracted to Gospel, and Blues.
Today I am supporting Liza Williams here in Santa Fe with a project to play her original songs. I am also studying bass again this time with Donny Tesso (Bass Musician Magazine Congratulates Bassist Donny Tesso on his winning the Hispano Lifetime Achievement Award!) and Scott Devine at SBL Academy (With 10,000 students online www.scottsbasslessons.com) .
I am preparing to take on a few beginner bass students here in Santa Fe, if you interested in learning bass guitar email me a firstname.lastname@example.org