My main instrument is the Trumpet, but I also play Piano, Bass, Guitar, Drums, French Horn, Valve Trombone, Baritone Horn, Percussion, etc. I am an Arranger, Orchestrator, and I've also done some Digital Editing and CD Mastering.
I presently live with a cat named Callie in Los Angeles, California....
I got my first taste of show biz when I played on a Thanksgiving special with Al Hirt in 1961 called "Home For The Holidays". Gordon MacRae, Patrice Munsel, Carol Haney, and The Brothers Four were also on the show. I've been composing & arranging since I've been 12 or so. I picked up some musical tricks and stuff along the way from Leonid Hambro, Morton Gould, Milton Kraus, The Juilliard School Extension Division, Dr. Albert Harris, my cousin Jon Charles, my uncle Ray Charles (Perry Como's Choral Director, and writer of Special Musical Material for The Muppet Show and The Kennedy Center Awards Show), Jimmy Maxwell, Ray Crisara, Victor Paz, John Lindenau, Gordon Mathie, The National Music Camp, now known as Interlochen Arts Camp in Interlochen, Michigan, my Father, and by self studying classical music scores.
A native of Great Neck, New York, I spent my youth trying to grow my hair, and following my Dad around while he went to his many record dates, like Jay & The Americans recording "She Cried" at Bell Sound, Oliver Nelson with Quincy Jones at Fine Sound in Bayside, NY; Astrud Gilberto sessions... live TV shows, and pre-records for "Sing Along With Mitch". My Dad was the original drummer on The Tonight Show along with Ed Shaughnessy and he became the Drummer / Orchestra Leader on the Dick Cavett Show from 1968-1974. I even got to play Trumpet in the band in the PBS incarnation of the Show in later years. Last December, I returned to Los Angeles in order to dive into music for film and tv.