Music is partly what I do – and mostly who I am. I love
music for the many things it does… it takes us on a journey, it
makes us feel things, it tells a story, it can take us way, way
out – and also way in; to that place where our heart and soul were
born, live and breathe.
As a bass player, I get to explore all of that as the grounding
force, the support and the root of it all. When it’s good, I can
almost feel the heartbeat of the earth. When it’s not so good,
there’s always tomorrow. That’s the beauty of playing music… I get
to hear and create something new each time, whether it’s a tune
I’m playing for the first time… or one I’ve done a thousand times.
I’m told that I’ve developed a reputation for a great set of ears.
Well, I have to credit my musical roots for that. Those of us who
were part of the Milwaukee jazz scene of the ‘70’s challenged and
influenced one another… and also left the indelible mark of high
standards. Working with the likes of keyboardists Buddy Montgomery
and Melvin Rhyme, trumpeter Brian Lynch and pianist David
Hazeltine and others, all helped clearly define mine as a bass
Over the years, I’ve been fortunate to play with a wide variety of
great musicians, in an equally varied range of musical genres. I’m
a jazzman to the core, but love latin jazz, funk, blues and soul
too. Guitarists George Souza, Akio Sasijima and Dave Grantham,
singer Jackie Landrum, keyboardist Kris Landrum, and drummer Mat
Marucci have all been “regulars” in my most recent world of great
music here in the Reno/Lake Tahoe/Sacramento area.
What’s more… my most amazing 23 year old son is possessed with a
tremendous talent on drums. I often wonder how I got so lucky.
Caleb has always been - and continues to be – an inspiration to me
and rest of us who know him. He plays music from jazz, to funk and
beyond. He's also responsible for building this website.
I’ve lived in the incredibly beautiful Lake Tahoe area of
California for 23 years… and yes, know very well how blessed I am.
It doesn’t get much better!