I have been involved in music since I was in elementary school, playing the french horn and guitar . I finally picked up a bass guitar at 15 years old and had my moment of musical clarity. At that time I was playing what is now called classic rock; Beatles, Pink Floyd, ELP etc, it was when my older brother came home from college and started playing The Grateful Dead, I had another moment of clarity, hearing Phil Lesh play bass changed my entire perception of the bass guitar. After the Dead I was turned on to jazz and legends such as Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, John Coltrane and Duke Ellington to name a few. I even attended City College a couple years ago to get schooled in this highest of art forms. the journey continues as I search for the sound with other players. For the past 3 years I was playing in the Pamela Betti Band and have I since moved on and I am currently playing with the Grateful Dead tribute band Half Step, hoping to meet others along the way. I have been blessed to have played with Andy Aledort, Phil Grande, Klyph Black and recently Dave Diamond.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
1978, at the Commack Arena I saw the Robert Hunter Band, New Riders of the Purple Sage and the Jerry Garcia Band. I went with some high school buddies. The show let out at 4:30 AM, my parents freaked...no cell phones in those days and of course, i didn't stop at a pay phone to let them know i was ok.
What gear do you use?
Modulus Graphite Quantum 5 and a Kawai 4 String(poor man's Alembic).
Playing through an EDEN WT550B Head(Markbass F1 as a backup) through
an EDEN D410XLT8 and an EDEN D210XST8.
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
The Beatles was what I was hearing so much of. I have two older brothers and i was digging what ever they were playing for me. Paul McCartney was such an innovative bass player as well. Whenevr any music was playing in the household....whether mom had some Beethoven playing or Dad had some Eddie Arnold happening, I always hummed along with the bass parts.