COUNTRY: United States
BORN IN: Norwalk, CT
LIVES IN: Brooklyn, NY
DRUMMING SINCE: 1970, professionally since 1973.
CURRENT BAND/PROJECT: Recording and performing in NYC
BIGGEST INFLUENCES: Max Roach, Elvin Jones, Tony Williams, Philly Joe Jones, Papa Jo Jones, Mel Lewis, Sonny Payne, Joe Chambers and Buddy Rich.
FAVORITE ALBUM PLAYED ON: “The Rat Pack: A&E Soundtrack”. To be featured soloing under the story of Sinatra, Sammy and JFK was pretty cool.
FAVORITE ALBUM DIDN’T PLAY ON: “Live at Birdland”, John Coltrane. Elvin Jones just about burns the place down, especially on “Afro Blue”.
CAREER HIGHLIGHT: Too many to pick one, but my ongoing series of Master Classes at The Collective in NYC ranks very high. It’s a great joy to be a part of helping others express themselves.
FAVORITE SABIAN CYMBAL: My 24″ Artisan Ride is a beautiful, complex instrument that I have looked for for years and finally found.