When I was fifteen my dad took me to hear pianist Cedar Walton’s trio at Sweet Basil. The connection between him, drummer Billy Higgins and bassist Ron Carter made a huge impression on me. I started to learn the double bass.
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 at the end of the night.
At 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.