I started playing both electric and acoustic bass at age twelve and graduated from Southern Illinois University
with a degree in music performance. After playing two seasons with the Memphis Symphony, I moved to Los Angeles. In LA, I
played bass, and co-wrote three successful jazz albums with artist Jakob Magnusson for Warner Brother’s and Golden Boyz
Records. I also pursued an active playing career as a freelance musician on records, jingles, television and in musical theater.
I taught at the Bass Institute of Technology for four years and together with Chuck Rainey, wrote curriculum for the courses
I taught. I recorded and/or toured with Randy Crawford, The Merv Griffin Show, Angela Bofill, Michelle Colombier, Jeff Baxter,
Larry Coryell, Richard Elliot, Tom Scott, Phil Upchurch, Michael Urbaniak, and Ernie Watts to name a few. I moved to Arizona
to pursue a Masters in Double Bass. I am currently living in Tempe, Arizona. My wife Linda is also a musician (violin). We
have a Yellow Labrador Retriever, "Bailey" who snores. We have no kids.
fond memory from BIT days: top left guitarist Don Mock, (Me, with mustache) Ralph Humphrey (over my left shoulder), Joe Porcaro,
Les Wise, Ron Eschete, Robben Ford, Paul Farnen. Bottom row: Joe Diorio, Pat Martino, Tommy Tedesco, Howard Roberts and Carl
Schroeder. Tommy and Howard sadly are no longer with us.
*Photo courtesy of Downbeat Magazine.