I was born in Trenton in 1955 to an Italian-American family. My brothers and my younger sister were raised in a family restaurant business. I learned to cook and still cook most of the time with the help of my wife, Mary. My uncles Nate and Vince are professional musicians and theyalong with the musicians my father hired to play in the restaurant inspired me. I started in a wedding band with my older brother Mike and our two cousins. I played with them for years along with my uncle Nate's band, while freelancing. I became a teacher while I was in high school and taught at now-defunct music centers like Liberty Music Center, Lombardo's Music Center and Krechmer's Music Center.
Electric bass, guitar.
Teachers and/or influences?
Tony Taraschi, Lou Mercuri, and Al Maene. Guitarist who have influenced me are Joe Pass
The first wedding I can remember attending was my Uncle Tony and Aunt Mary's wedding. They hired Uncle Nate's band to play. I conducted the band for most of the receptionI was seven years oldto the annoyance of my uncle. But live music is what did it for me. I knew I had to be a musician.
Your sound and approach to music:
Smooth and melodic; I enjoy playing in a pianistic style when playing solo guitar.
Your teaching approach:
I think students need to listen to a lot of music to find their niche. Only then can they decide in what direction they want to go, and find a teacher who will help them reach that goal.