Began to play the saxophone in 1956;
Played blues & r&r in high school (1960-64) liked O.Coleman.
Heard Ben Webster in 1964 & decided to play the tenor
Taught reading @ IS88 NYC & studied w/ Joe Henderson;
Met Dexter Gordon in Copenhagen in 1970 & thanked him;
Met Sonny Stitt in NYC in 1975, thanked him, and played for
him until he passed ( see Downbeat: Caught in The Act Feb
Met Bobby Johnson Jr. in 1978 and worked with him until his
passing June '01.
Co-founded the Kansas City Sound in 1995 with Bill Crow and
included all my friends: Ed Diehl, Gene Randolph, Marvin B.
Smith, Taro Okamoto,Ray Mosca,
Joel Bishop O'Brien , Billy Alfred, Mike Kull, Marty Napoleon,
Roswell Rudd, Eddie Bert,Fred Jacobs, Fred Smith, Bobby
Johnson Jr,Ron Finck, Hugh Brodie,Walter Booker, Allen
Murphy,Matt Finck,Larry Packer,Kitt Potter,Glenda
Davenport,Rita Kaiser,Josh Schneider,Gary Sloane,Rob
Blumenthal,Tootsie Bean,Larry Moses,Dennis Makrell,Ira
Bubba Brooks,Cameron Brown