Growing up in Philadelphia I was always listening to my dad's record collection. As I began to collect my own music it always seemed to be jazz. Singing has always come naturally to me, I have never had a lesson although I guess listening to the master vocalists of jazz for thousands of hours could count, I guess, as a pretty good education. A busy conventional life of work and family kept me from singing except for my own entertainment until 2007 when I started singing in piano bars. Enough compliments actually get you thinking that you might really have a decent voice, so in the spring of 2012 I took the opportunity to give up teaching and take up singing. I make a dollar where I can, but really prefer singing with a trio and I am always looking to settle in with a threesome that is looking for a baritone voice. My greatest influences in singing are Johnny Hartman, Nat King Cole and Jimmy Rushing. Even though I am 60 when I approach the microphone I feel like a kid again.