Professional musician since 1970
Forecast, The Jazz-Rock Fusion - Band leader - Since 1977
The Roadhouse Band & PHD Jazz - Core member since 2005
Private music teacher - saxophone, flute & clarinet
Formerly employed by P. Mauriat Saxophones, Jupiter Band Instruments & Latin Percussion (LP)
My Jazz Story
Published on: 2016-07-09
I love jazz because it's such an expressive, emotional and innovative music. It's not how many notes you can play, it's how you play them and how you can make your music speak to people.
I was first exposed to jazz by my sister. It was the Dave Brubeck Quartet, the "Time Out" LP, especially Paul Desmond's "Take Five". While in college I studied with Phil Woods for one summer. That was a big step. While still in college and working as a full time club musician, I heard Grover Washington Jr. and I was hooked on funky jazz.
My advice to new listeners is to check out the many varied styles of jazz. You're sure to find something you love, something that speaks to you.