Musical Background

I love music. I can’t put it any simpler or clearer. I love listening, playing and singing. The piano and keyboards are my specialty. I’ve studied classics: Bach, Mozart, Chopin. But the closest to my heart is jazz, and the standards written by Cole Porter, Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, and the many other songwriters from the 1920’s to the 1950’s. Ella Fitzgerald, Miles Davis, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane and Thelonious Monk are among my favorites. Right behind is great rock and blues music. Some of my favorites are Lou Reed, David Bowie, Talking Heads, REM, and classic blues. Anything that makes my feet move, I am into.

Here’s a little background on myself: I grew up literally, figuratively and musically in the 1970’s and early 80’s, and have been a professional musician on and off since then, mostly as a piano/keyboardist, but also as a singer. My musical interests range from classical to jazz to modern pop and rock. I’m also a history buff. One of my motivations for including a Musician section on this site is to write about the music I love, and how it influenced world events as well as my own personal life events, and to share with whoever is interested. For me, music’s always wrapped up in all of that. Case in point: the first time I voted was in the 1976 New Jersey Democratic Primary. I voted for then California Governor Jerry Brown, for both his somewhat radical ideas and the fact that he was dating Linda Ronstadt, one of my favorite singers at the time.

I continue to play and engage in musical projects as diverse as elementary school chorus accompanist, piano jazz soloist, and keyboardist/vocalist in a blues-rock band. I enjoy listening to recordings and attending live performances, such as the Philadelphia Orchestra, chamber music and soloists’ house concerts.