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Born/raised in Youngstown Ohio. Studied music (classical accordion) from age 9-20 with Mickey Bisilia - one of the instruments most renouned teachers. Competed and won various national competitions thoughout those years.
I play the Giulietti Bassetti Free Bass instrument.Have always had a major interest in Jazz, favorite artists/major influences were Tommy Gumina, Art Van Damme, Charles Mangnante, Bill Evans.
Formed and played in small combo groups throughout my college years where I majored in Electrical Engineering (B.S, from Youngstown State and M.S. from University of Virginia).While in my day job I Have been a defense intelligence industry professional (starting as an analyst and progressing to Senior Program Manager) for almost 30 years (1979 till present). I Fooled around with piano (self taught) comping the guitar parts for various church functions, but mostly left music idle for many years (25+).
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