Born in Brooklyn, NY. Now resides in Riverdale, NY. Discovered jazz in teens. Studied in 20s with Jimmy Raney, Chuck Wayne, Barry Galbraith. Also composed music from early age. Received critical evaluation and encouragement from Raney and Wayne, also played extensively with and was influenced by fellow guitarist Eddie Diehl. Also from early 20s received invaluable instruction from John Foca, a pianist and teacher in Brooklyn.
1980s: Member of house rhythm section at Barry Harris's Jazz Cultural Theater and gigged and performed with pianists Jaki Byard, Chris Anderson, drummer Vernel Fournier, closely associated with trumpeter Tommy Turrentine and alto saxophone player Clarence C. Sharpe. Gigged with Big Joe Turner (Tramps, 1981). Tenor saxophonist Percy France recommended him to fellow tenor George Kelly for his Jazz Sultans(also including Richard Wyands, Benny Powell, Virgil Jones, others)for a week at the West End Cafe. Also from West End radio airshots over WKCR FM with Kelly, France, others including Ram Ramirez (composer of Lover Man) Basie bassist Jimmy Lewis, drummer Oliver Jackson.