Early years

"My mother tells me that I began my musical journey at the age of 4 when I was apparently obsessed with playing the violin.   My parents saved up and got me a (probably pretty expensive) child's violin. I played it once and then promptly broke it over my brother's head.   My obsession continued through grade school and when I inquired again about possibly playing an instrument and I was handed a trombone by the school's band director.   That would do for a while but the moment of truth came when I was 8 years old and the middle school band came to perform at our elementary school.  That is where I saw for the first time someone playing an electric guitar.   It was like a lightning bolt hit me.  I HAD to do that.  It was then I got my first guitar and was on my way.   Little did I know I would be playing the same gig with my band the following year.  We played Smoke on the Water,  variety of KISS covers and an astounding repertoire of original music limited to the 3 or 4 chords we knew."

"From this point onward, music was the primary focus of my life.   While playing in local rock bands in the Boston area throughout the early 80's I became interested in expanding my knowledge of music and I fell in love with classical music.   I pursued a degree in music from Clark University and finished at the University of Vermont with a degree in Music Theory and Composition.   Shortly after graduation I received a number of commissions to write orchestral music.  I was very fortunate to have a number of my works premiered by really great orchestral musicians including a 25 minute overture for full orchestra which was commissioned by the Vermont Counsel for the Arts through the Mayor's Peace Prize.   Although I loved composing, it was a lonely existence and eventually I yearned to perform again.   My interest in Jazz was growing and I began to study in earnest.   I then made a purchase of a recording that would change the course of my life.  It was called Live at the Village West with Ron Carter and a guitarist then unknown to me named Jim Hall."

"Jim was playing in Montreal a few months after and I figured I would go and try to meet him.   After the show I walked backstage,  introduced myself and told him that I wanted to study with him.   To my amazement he agreed and that began a 25 year friendship which would be perhaps the most influential in my life."

"Of the many experiences I have had in my musical career playing with Jim was by far the most thrilling to me as an artist.   After starting ArtistShare I was also lucky enough to produce Jim's last six albums. "