Mainstream Saxophonist with four CDs on the Cats Paw, Brownstone, and Sea Breeze Jazz labels.
Growing up in Long Island, New York, I am the original baritone saxophone player
for the long
standing group Funk Filharmonic, staying with them from 1985 through 1988. I
was a member
of The Charli Persip Superband, also on baritone sax, for almost a year, whose
name changed to
Supersound during my tenure from 1989-1990. I put out 4 jazz CDs as leader
starting in 1998,
featuring my tenor sax, with Unspoken Words on Cats Paw Label. In 1999, I had a
on the Sea Breeze Jazz Label. In 2000 and 2001, I co-led CDs with drummer Bob
Leto on the
Brownstone Label. These CDs have been reviewed by well known jazz critics,
nationally known jazz periodicals. I have appeared as a sideman on a Latin Jazz
CD, A Mi Tierra
with the group Afro-Dysia. I am on 3 CDs as a member of the Skip Wilkins Quintet.
I am also
on the Tony Gairo/Gary Rissmiller Big Band CD, Treacherous, also on Sea Breeze
Jazz. The two
releases on Brownstone feature Kenny Drew Jr. on piano. The CDs Unspoken Words
and Red Top
feature organist Bobby Forrester, with Red Top featuring my baritone sax again. On
my CDs as a
leader and sideman, I appear on tenor, baritone, alto, soprano saxes, clarinet, bass
Finally getting internet service after all these years, I have compiled all of the
videos that were posted of me playing on YouTube by other people, which was in
excess of 50. I created a channel. Search my name and saxophonist there. I have
also been uploading short solo videos of myself playing jazz and classical on my
10 woodwind instruments, which is another 50 plus videos.
My Jazz Story
I love jazz because it allows me to express myself as a unique individual.
I was first exposed to jazz in High School Jazz Big Band.
I met Charli Persip as a member of his Superband 1989-1990
The best show I ever attended was JJ Johnson at the Village Vanguard. With Cedar Walton, Victor Lewis.
The first jazz record I bought was Gerry Mulligan Idol Gossip.