I am a classically trained improviser. I demonstrated an interest and talent in
classical piano literature at a young age. From 1967 to 1969, I studied with
Dr. Edwin LaBounty and Dr. Herbert Herman at Memphis State Univ, and later,
(1969-71) with Walter Cook. at the Univ. of Missouri at Kansas City. My first
professional work was in Kansas City while I was still a student.
My life in music changed when I met Saxophonist, Composer Gil Mélle. Gil
had just completed his score to the Universal film, "The Andromeda Strain"
when we played the Kansas City Jazz Festival and toured the Midwest in