I have been playing piano for over 40 years now and have been teaching for nearly that long! I'm a straight ahead jazz player and my favorite players are Bill Evans, David Hazeltine, Alan Broadbent, Bill Charlap, Renee Rosnes and Chick Corea. I lived in and around Boston all my life until 2005 when I moved with my wife and two sons to Chapel Hill North Carolina.
My playing life has ranged from gigs in ice cream parlors to exotic resorts and everything in between. I was based in Boston since 2005 and have played in a variety of venues from the revered Ryles Jazz Club in Cambridge to a long stand at the Hampshire House on Beacon Hill in Boston. (You may know of the Hampshire House as "Murphy's," the restaurant upstairs from the Cheers bar in the long running TV show).
In addition to teaching private students in my home studio, I have taught music theory classes and coached jazz ensembles at Brookline Music School, Indian Hill Music Center and the Durham Jazz Workshop. During my Masters study I was a teaching assistant at Harvard University for survey courses in Big Band Swing and jazz history.
In 2007 I founded JazzPianoOnline.com, an online school of jazz piano where I create and produce all of the online content.
Here is a sample of my playing.
I graduated with a M. Mus. in Jazz studies with an emphasis in Jazz Pedagogy from Berklee College of Music and the Boston Conservatory. I studied with Ray Santisti and Charlie Banacos. I also have a B.S. in Biology from Merrimack College in Andover Massachusetts.