Born: April 15, 1952 Primary Instrument: Clarinet
Inspired by stride pianist, humorist vocalist Fats Waller on 10 LP's that included Al Casey-rhythm guitar, Herman Autrey-trumpet and Al Hall-string bass I learned to play clarinet in the Dover New Jersey High School Marching Band. Fascinated with Sousa marches it didn't take me long to discover that Benny Goodman's clarinet style originated with Jimmy Noone and searched for the roots of clarinets' style that led me from Eddie Condon's friends in Chicago back to Algiers clarinetists in New Orleans.
Started the HOT BLUES & JAZZ BAND in San Francisco in the '80's playing with Ragtime pianist Burt Bales, trumpeter Robin Hodes and jammed with Carl Lunsford, Ray Shelbred, Mal Sharpe and Turk Murphy.
Invited pianist Red Richards (Saints & Sinners), bassist Johnny Williams Jr...
Sony Digital Disc Video camera,
Blue pen and steno pad,
Lots of nerve to be a jazz journalist.