The great songs, the great singers - that's music to me! Cole Porter, Gershwin, Mancini - those were the guys who knew what a melody and lyrics were all about. Throw in Sinatra, Ellington or Tony Bennett to embody that beautiful musical feeling known as "swing". Some os us were born to be keepers of that flame.
During the past fifteen years I've written 400 of my own music arrangements to the cream of the great American classics. I usually sing at the piano while playing bass-lines on a small added keyboard with my left hand. Piano and vocals or just solo piano - it works either way for me. First-cabin is a piano/vocal set-up with string bass and a drummer - the trio sound.
Currently I'm combining all the above elements by way of two electric-keyboards and electronic drums - exactly what's on the demo tape (Now performing with the "mellow-trumpet" styling of Frank Barbas). One has to be flexible these days, also fully self-contained in regards to sound gear.
In years past I've worked with Andy Williams when he performed his Christmas Show at the old Circle Star Theater. My slogan "From Nat to Bing-with lots of swing" originally derives from my own renditions of "The Christmas Song (Chestnuts roasting ...)" and "White Christmas". Kind of makes me feel like a "legend in my own mind" when I play them.
Whether it be romantic ballads, jazzy swing tunes or mellow Brazillian bossa-nova, I always try to enjoy myself and do look forward to sharing my music with you.
For more information click here.