Born and bred on the East Coast but have lived in Hawaii for over twenty years.
I was born in Connecticut about sixty miles from New York City. The proximity to NYC exposed me to an extraordinary amount of music. In high school I was introduced to more experimental/improvisational music through the bands Sonic Youth and The Grateful Dead. That led me to my introduction to jazz. Starting with John Coltrane and Miles Davis my interest in jazz exploded. In 1992 I attended my first Jazzfest in New Orleans. This visit allowed me to explore jazz's origins and cemented my love for traditional New Orleans jazz and the more contemporary brass bands such as Rebirth and The Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
After three years serving in Peace Corps Bolivia, I moved to the island of Oahu in Hawaii. Although there is a great tradition of jazz in Hawaii dating back to the
My Jazz Story
I was first exposed to jazz through the music of the punk band Sonic Youth and The Grateful Dead.
The best show I ever attended was Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, led by Wynton Marsalis when the visited Honolulu, Hawaii with a close second being Ornette Coleman at Jazzfest in New Orleans.
The first jazz record I bought was Offramp by Pat Metheny.