I began classical piano studies at the age of six with Jolan Kanyuk in Berkeley, California and started my first rock and roll band, The Pacers, when I was twelve years old. At Skyline High School in Oakland, California, I began to teach myself blues by listening to records of my favorites, John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters, Paul Butterfield, and many others.
In the early seventies I led a rock and roll band named Edge in and around Lake Tahoe and Reno. Returning to the East Bay I began the serious study of jazz piano, harmony and theory with Mike Nock, Bill Bell, Don Cardoza, and guitarist Dave Creamer. I began playing accompaniment for jazz, modern and ballet dance classes at the Peralta Colleges, UC Berkeley, private dance companies such as Margaret Jenkins, CSU Hayward, the Contra Costa Ballet, and was the Company Class Accompanist for the Oakland Ballet.
In the early eighties I co-led the jazz quintet Mobius Band with collaborator and electric guitarist Jim Slick and sidemen such as Bruce Williamson on saxophone, Mark Van Wageningen on fretless bass, and Cary Griffin on drums. Later in the eighties I formed the group Quiet Fire featuring Dave Creamer and myself as co-writers of the band's material and played for several years around the Bay Area club and jazz festival scene. This group featured many Bay Area greats such as Larry Schneider on tenor sax, Kenneth Nash on percussion, the Van Wageningen brothers on bass and drums, Michael Wilcox on bass and Glen Cronkhite on drums and percussion. We produced a record, “Red Daze” for Catero Records which was re-released as a CD in 2007.