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I'm a jazz pianist and composer but my double life is rock, blues, funk guitar and vocalist. I hate saying lead guitarist because that implies the caricature of the spotlight grabbing "non-ensemble player". OK, I can also bring electric keyboards to the group and for the right group would love to.

I had a working trio in the Chicago area that covered: Joe Bonamassa, Buddy Guy, The Who, Frank Zappa, James Brown, David Bowie, Steely Dan, RadioHead, The Black Keys and Pink Floyd. I want to rework this group as an original music trio. In this format I am the front vocalist - although I don't consider myself a great vocalist. My best vocal attribute is I'm very willing to sing and I'm on pitch. I have about 8 good notes I can hit with conviction right between tenor and alto ;^)

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Member since:
Nov 13 2015
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Level of commitment:
Years playing music:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
2-3 nights a week
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Rock oriented groups

For starters, I'm a big fan of David Gilmore. I can't help it. I grew up with this stuff. When I hear Radiohead I instantly hear the melotron and King Crimson. Don't you? I think psychedelic influences in music have not been fully explored and there is still much more room for creative expression.

Having said that, I love playing with rock groups. I can deliver the sound in that genre. I'm the guy in the group who adds harmonic foundation and edgy ideas. I'm happy to meet you at your musical home ground and make a contribution.

Jazz and Funk oriented groups

Right now I'm fascinated by electronic instrumental music mixed with acoustic instruments. I got tired of standards based groups at one point (although this side of me is seeing reemergence). I created a project called Ping Tree to combine the two and serve as a vehicle for playing my own compositions. My composing style in this genre is modal based with solid harmonic and structural form. It incorporates all the styles I love: rock, funk, jazz, latin, blues - all of it is written to be very playable by jazz soloists. Here the soloists add the elements of tension and release, certainty and ambiguity.

Having grown up in Chicago qualifies me for deep Blues influence. My big band playing has taken me into a collaborative project with Chicago musicians to produce my compositions for big band on a CD one of these days.

Wow. I write all this in the belief that nobody reads this profile stuff anyway so it is safe to tell it like it is.

Instrument experience:

Lead Guitar:
Electronic Music:
Vocalist - Tenor:


OK. For guitar gigs: Custom Fender strat, two Mission 5e3 amps in stereo, Strymon Leslie simulator, Strymon TimeLine, Rat, Hall of fame reverb, etc. Keyboards - Kurzweil, MC2000, Nord, Motion sound amplifier, etc.