Started out on Piano very early. My first teacher prob. taught me more about music and theory than any other. An old Italian professor in Delmar, Renaldo Rolando. Not many teach like he did any more....very thankful i had him as a teacher!
What was the first concert you ever went to?
one of the first big shows i can rem. going to at SPAC was Jackson Browne...
What gear do you use?
I'd like all new gear! or most of it... Have a Bach 43 trpt. from '85. A Korg x-3 kybrd., Kramer Fretless Bass, Yamaha Bass, Ampeg bass amp, SONAR, Samplitude, Sibelius (my best piece of gear!)
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
locally it was John Hines... he was the only guy i knew "doin' it" playin trpt.. He taught me and gave me some of my first opportunities playing professionally. Best part is that today I get to work with him professionally, as a peer.
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
on Trpt.; Capital Brass, Brass-O-Mania Big Band, SNAP, Soul Session, Soul Provider on Bass; Los Duenos de la Salsa, SNiCP (church band) Mus. Director; Capital Brass, Brass-O-Mania, Los Duenos, SNiCP (church band)
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
Miles, Prince, Tito Puente, Anthony Jackson, Dave Weckl, (to be continued!)
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
Biggest; 52,000 playing as headlinier w/ Latin Kings Orch. for 4th of July celeb. at Empire State Plaza. approx. 1995
Smallest?;surely I. have played to bar staff on a few occasions at the end of a night...
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
first Album that comes to mind is Pat Metheny's American Garage...