have been playing guitar for more than 25 years. I grew up with
Jazz around the house listening to the sounds of Count Basie and
Duke Ellington. My father was a Jazz trumpet player and trumpet
was my first instrument in my early years.
have studied Jazz guitar over the years with a number of teachers
privately that recently include Steve Erquiaga, Bruce Forman,
Morris Acevedo, Jack
Gates and Adam Levy. I played
in the Alameda College Big Band under the direction of Bill Bell
for a number of years and studied with Ed Kelly at Laney College.
I have also studied Jazz Theory with Mark Levine at the Jazz School
was a founding member of the Berkeley Jazz Guitar Ensemble, a
group of five guitarists that played written arrangements of compositions
by Duke Ellington, Joe Henderson, Pat Metheny and others. The
Berkeley Jazz Guitar Ensemble, directed by Morris
Acevedo, played a special concert "Guitar Madness"
produced by Dr. Herb Wong and included performances by Bruce Forman,
Randy Vincent and others.