When I was fifteen my dad took me to Sweet Basil to hear The Cedar Walton Trio. I was mesmerized by Ron Carter’s bass playing.
Subsequently, I spent a lot of time in the Upper West Side jazz bar Augie’s — now Smoke — listening to masters like Dwayne Burno and Joe Farnsworth create magic out of thin air. Sometimes I would be invited to sit in on bass at the end of the night.
By age seventeen I performed with the prestigious NYC All-City High School Jazz Ensemble at Lincoln Center.
After graduating from Oberlin College and Conservatory I returned to NYC to perform and teach in my community.