Born: October 10, 1954 Primary Instrument: Guitar
I graduated Berklee College of Music in 1977, with a degree in saxophone performance, and had an active career playing sax and flute from then until 2002. Highlights include years of playing lead alto with the Full Faith and Credit big band, culminating in the recording of the FF&C III album. With my wife, pianist Laura Klein and my ace buddy, saxophonist Dave Tidball, I was part of the jazz sextet Triceratops. I was the evil kingpin behind Three Tenors No Opera, too.
I'd probably still be playing horn today, but in 2002 I developed a movement disorder called focal dystonia, which affected my jaw and compelled me to stop playing. At that point I switched to guitar, studying jazz with Duncan James and Steve Erquiaga, and classical with Ron Galen and Pat O'Brien. Since then, I've been fortunate enough to arrange, play on, and coproduce Jenny Ferris' Johnny Mercer CD, play whatever gigs come my way, and compose and arrange as the muse dictates.
I've done some writing for big band, and several of my arrangements have found their way into the book of the Contemporary Jazz Orchestra (I used to play sax with them, too).
I'm always interested in new projects and in hearing from old friends and anyone interested in hiring a jazz guitar player or composer/arranger. I'm especially interested in producing jazz recording projects. Contact me at 510 845-6619 or email:
Record Label: IGMOD
Year Released: 1997
Three Tenors No Opers
Record Label: SeaBreeze
Year Released: 2002
As A Side Musician
Amazonas by Celia Malheiros
FF&C III by Full Faith and Credit Big Band
Trench Heros by Contemporary Jazz Orchestra
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