Music

Music

I play electric guitar, acoustic guitar, electric bass and acoustic "upright" bass. I can play keyboard parts into a sequencer, but I don't play enough to call myself a keyboard player. It's functional keyboard playing. Just don't ever watch.

I've done a fair share of playing live, but I live for the studio. Not just being able to fix mistakes, but all the tools and techniques open up so many possibilities.

Thanks to one of my mentors, I got into the studio for the first time at age 14 - King Studios on Brewster in Cincinnati, where James Brown made his records - and all the lights went on. I knew that's what I wanted to do for a career.

Dizzy

Dizzy Gillespie and me - 1971. I played guitar in the University of Cincinnati CCM jazz lab band, and Diz was our guest artist that year. Sometimes the guitar parts were chord symbols, but sometimes they had bebop lines in unison with the horns. The way I'm staring at the chart, this one is probably one of those.

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Buddy

In 1974 I went on the road with Buddy Greco. Buddy mostly sang but he was a good piano player - he had played with Benny Goodman. Sometimes we worked as a trio but most of the time we had a big band - 4 trumpets, 4 trombones, and 5 saxes.

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A Mighty Wind

In 2001 Chris Guest was looking for a bass player to back up Mitch and Mickey - played by Eugene Levy and Catherine O'Hara - for his movie "A Mighty Wind." He auditioned some guys at USC and the age gap wasn't working. Also he asked my friend CJ Vanston if he knew of a guy who looked like he used to back up M&M but in the intervening years had put on some weight and lost some hair and CJ said "Have I got the guy for you!" We made the movie, then we went on tour, then we capped it off by playing the Mitch & Mickey song on the 2004 Academy Awards show.

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