My musical interests were awakened in me at a very tender age when picking out songs on the family piano and entertaining family and friends.
As the years passed, I had some classical piano training and later on a bit of “Jazz” lessons. This method of instruction included learning chords and “Blues” and this was the foundation that began my musical career.
During this time, I also learned how to play other musical instruments but the piano was always my favorite. In my senior year, my 4-piece rock band played at the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing, NY with me on the piano.
I was discovered by a professional musician while jamming on a piano one day and soon began working catered affairs with the local “Top 40” orchestras. I even did a substitute stint at the Peppermint Lounge in New York City.
While in the U.S. Air Force, I played on and off in the local USO and other bars and night clubs near where I was stationed. Shortly after my enlistment ended, I would sporadically have an occasion to be where a band would be playing, and found myself invited to join several bands over the next 20 years. In this venue, I played restaurants and clubs or wherever the music carried me.
A recent encounter as an accompanist at a local variety show yielded several offers to go back into the performing business as a solo performer, singing and playing old standards, plus music of the 50’s through the mid-70’s for restaurants, and birthday, anniversary, graduation and backyard parties.
Today, with the new technologies available to “Musical Mechanics” such as myself, I have an entire orchestral background at my disposal. Along with singing to this wonderful background orchestra, I have now adopted a personal style that serves to compliment the musical entertainment I have spent so much time enhancing for the listening, singing and dancing pleasure of my audiences.
For me, performing for others and being a part of this musical world is a calling I am proud to answer, and enjoy playing as much as my audiences love listening.