Born: February 11, 1962
Born in St. Louis, Mo, the third child of a 1st generation Armenian American pianist and her physician husband. Started out on piano under the tutelage of his mother's former teacher for 1 year at age 5. His introduction to jazz was in High School playing clarinet and then Tenor Saxophone in a jazz-improv combo lab led first by bassist Robert Waggoner and then trumpet player Jim Baker. Studied with Paul Demarinis in his last years of high school and remained in contact for on and off lessons throughout college. Pursued science and mathematics, but always had his saxophone close in hand, playing in the stage band, and local jam sessions in Des Moines...
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