- Jazz Bass, Jazz Improvisation, Jazz Studies
Active as composer, arranger, bandleader, educator, and producer. Musical studies began at 8 with the trumpet, then the French horn; at 14, was persuaded to play the bass. While in the San Francisco area, worked with Bobby Hutcherson, Tom Harrell, and Eddie Marshall. Left California and moved to New York City in 1977, where he quickly became a first-call bassist. Has appeared with artists including Betty Carter, Wynton Marsalis, Woody Shaw, Hank Jones, Jon Faddis, Milt Jackson, Kenny Barron, Pharoah Sanders, and George Coleman, and can be heard on more than 300 recordings with artists including Art Farmer, Stan Getz, Kenny Burrell, Kevin Mahogany, Toots Thielemans, Benny Golson, David Murray, Houston Person, and Ray Bryant. Has led his own groups for the past 29 years. Former assistant professor of jazz, theory, and practice at California State-Monterey Bay.
Degrees and Studies
B.A. in political science; attended Stanford Business School.