I’ve been a professional musician for the last 30 years. I was born in Harlem and lived there until the age of ten. From Harlem we moved to St. Albans, Queens. The year was 1957. My experience of being raised in Queens was very influential. At the time there were many great jazz and R&B artists living right in our neighborhood. At home I would mostly listen to my father’s music, which was Tito Puente, Tito Rodriguez, and Machito. Then when I would visit my friends, I would listen to all the great jazz artists. Right in my neighborhood was Lester Young, Eddie Lockjaw
Davis, Count Basie and many more. Also, a great influence on me was the great producer Henry Glover, who lived right on the corner from me. He would also allow me to attend his rehearsals with the Cleftones, Joey Dee and the Starlighters, etc. With all that diversity and styles, I would say most of my music appreciation was due to being exposed in the proper environment. Some of the highlights of my career all stem from live performance, television shows and recording sessions. I was associated with Luther Vandross from 1981 - 2001.
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