1977: Born in the scrappy rust belt just south of Buffalo, NY. First musical influences: Anything on Yo MTV Raps, as well as the Glen Miller Big Band, Dave Brubeck, the Napoleon Soundtrack and the Gypsy Kings. (Thanks, Dad!)
1984: Begin Suzuki violin lessons. Even though it’s 1984, I don’t burn any books.
1986: Begin studying trumpet.
1990: I quit violin. Live in Malaysia for one year.
1993: I hear ATCQ’s Midnight Marauders, Wu-Tang’s Enter the 36 Chamber, Red Hot Chili Peppers’ BloodSugarSexMagic as well as LCJO with Reginald Veal on bass and my interest in the bass is galvanized.
1994: I quit the trumpet. Really want to play bass, but am told that I am too small or that bass is boring.
1995: I live in Buenos Aires, Argentina as part of the Rotary Student Exchange program. Se enamora de Argentina, su gente y especialmente la musica de Astor Piazzolla y ahi elige a aprender el contrabajo cuando deveuelve a EEUU.
1999: I clean carpets and upholstery for Jim’s Cleaners in order to purchase Fender Jazz Bass. Take four bass lessons from local guitar teacher. Teacher asks me to form a band. Play first gig three months after inaugural lesson.
2000: Graduates (Magna Cum Laude) Fredonia State State University of New York with a BA in Spanish Language and Literature. (Clerk for video rental store)
2001: Begin studying acoustic bass under Bill Staebell in Orchard Park, NY. Lessons last one year. (Waiter/Bartender at local Barker Brew Co., in Fredonia, NY)
2002: Move to NYC to be thrown to the musical lions. (Dental Lab technician at ArtDent in Brooklyn, NY)
2004-2010: Having been eaten by lions, I return to Western New York to live in a tiny, uninsulated house on Lake Chautauqua and practice, practice, practice … (Tour Europe a few times with the band Timesbold) Drive legendary bassist Henry Grimes on multiple tours, just to get to spend time with him, talk with him and listen to him. (Chef at Wegmans in Jamestown, NY)
2010 – present: Move to Medford, MA where I live for one year. I currently reside in Cambridge. Since being in the Boston area I have had the pleasure of working with incredible artists such as Jaggery, Bury Me Standing, Brian Carpenter and the Confessions and the Dylan Jack Quartet featuring Eric Hofbauer and Todd Brunel. While performing regularly with these groups throughout the USA, I have also composed and performed original music for theatre including: Whistler in the Dark productions of Vinegar Tom and NotNotNotNotNotNotNotNotNot Enough Oxygen; The Stonington Opera House productions of Dylan Thomas’ Under Milk Wood and An Iliad featuring Mariana Bassham; Liars and Believers productions of Talk to Strangers and Interference. I have also toured both nationally and internationally with the UNIMA award winning puppetry group The Gottabees of which I am a co-founder. (Technician for Surmet — fabricate bulletproof windows out of ceramic materials; ESL instructor; Stock Clerk at Artist and Craftsman; Food Rescue truck driver for local Cambridge non-profit Food For Free; Carpenter/laborer for Diab Construction)
2016-present: Pursuit of Master’s Degree in Modern American Music at Longy School of Music of Bard College. Expect to graduate in May 2018.
I am an improviser, collaborator, educator and multidisciplinary artist. I can often be found on stages throughout the USA playing songs or accompanying theatre and puppetry with: The Dylan Jack Quartet, Bury Me Standing, Jaggery, and The Gottabees. In addition to performing, I am also an active teacher helping all aspiring bassists from the age of 6 to 106.I am also an active collaborator/educator at Tunefoolery, an artist collective of musicians in mental health recovery.
I also study the sintir (a North African bass lute) and have occasionally performed on trumpet, melodica, accordion and clown nose.
I am presently working on my own theatre/puppet show called “The History of Deep Tones“. Check back periodically for updates. Coming in 2019!
Here are some more examples of my drawings and watercolors. These are of two who have inspired me with their musicianship, humility, sensitivity and generosity.