BIOGRAPHY

Greetings. So I was introduced to the guitar at age 6, when a friend brought home a guitar for my father. He never got with it, but I fell in love with it immediately. I was fortunate that my father was super relaxed about me playing it. I spent a year exploring it on my own before people started showing my things about it. 

Next on the path was learning chords and playing rhythm. I spent many, many hours jamming with other people, as well as playing along with recorded music. No formal instruction until high school. I graduated from Thomas Jefferson School for the Performing Arts, in Portland, Oregon. It was a great experience. 

I spent one year at Mt. Hood college where I played in a band with trumpeter Chris Botti and bassist Ben Wolfe. 

Moved back to Baltimore in 1982. Since that time I have worked with, Pepper Adams, Rashid Yayah, Mack Rucks, Jesse Moody, Grachan Moncur III, Howard Burns, Karla Chisholm, Ethel Ennis,  Greg Hatza, and others. 

I have been involved in interesting "side" projects. Most notable have been Charm City Klezmer (CCK) and The Organic Family Band (OFB). 

 

 CCK formed in 1996 and we released a CD in 1998. That project lead us to New York City where we played at the now defunct Tonic club on the Lower East Side. CCK has one track on a compilation CD called "Live at the Winery" on the Tzadik label (https://www.discogs.com/Various-Music-From-The-Winery/release/907232) 

In 2016 my son formally put together his first music project which included his mom on French Horn, his sister on violin and his dad (me) on guitar. The music is designed for Contra Dancing ( http://www.contradance.org/html/new_dancer_info.php). OFB has toured over 10,000 miles since 2017. Watch us in action here: 

 

https://youtu.be/dqnoHv9ASZI

 

In addition to playing, I have been a guitar teacher for over 35 years. I am currently on faculty at Howard and Frederick Community Colleges. I also have a studio in Baltimore.

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