I grew up in Richmond, California and became a music fan at an early age. Started playing piano at 6 and soon fell in love with boogie woogie piano. I am still a unrepentant boogie woogie piano player. Picked up sax in 5th grade and guitar in high school. During this time I played with various bands at many local high school dances, private parties, and the legendary Maple Hall.
Graduated from UCSB with a degree in music composition, studying with Thea Musgrave and Peter Fricker. While in Santa Barbara I played in several bands at local clubs and performed on TV. During a year off from college I performed with Lucky Strike Band at Keystone Berkeley, Mandrake’s, the Red Lion, Wampers, Country Roads, and many other local clubs in the San Francisco Bay Area.
After college I went into business for myself and music became a hobby until the music bug bit again. Lived in Paris for about a year in 1987, and taught piano and performed solo piano at Conway’s. Moved back to Berkeley and played solo piano Friday nights at the Right Spot in SF and subbed a few times at the Zuni Cafe and Enzo’s in SF.
Moved to Paris for another year and worked as a piano player at Morte Subite, Mother Earth, Transat, and many other bars and restaurants. Moved back to Berkeley and music became a hobby once again. Obtained a teacher’s credential in instrumental music in 1994 from Hayward State.
Started playing again in classic rock dance bands in 2005 and joined Heartbeat about 3 years ago. Since then we have played at many local clubs, golf courses, high school reunions, and private parties. I remain a big fan of music and of all things piano.