Instruments Played - Fretted & Fretless Bass Guitar, Upright Bass, Eminence and Clevinger Electric Upright Basses, Tuba, 'Cello, Violone, Synthesizer.
Musical Skills - Thirty year career as a full time professional musician. I read (standard notation, chord symbols, etc.) and improvise. Familiar with a wide variety of musical styles, and excellent repertoire of popular songs. I have been a Musical Director, Contractor, Composer/Arranger and Music Copyist. Member, Local 6, American Federation of Musicians. Network television, studio and recording experience. Have good ears and am sensitive, versatile, I adapt quickly to different musical situations. Musical perfectionist. Excellent stage presence and very at ease in front of large audiences or television cameras. Seasoned touring musician who has performed in over a dozen foreign countries, sometimes for heads of state. Loves to travel, good room mate. Natural flair for comedy and acting. Good health and physical condition. No bad habits. Other languages include some French, German and Spanish.
Musical Styles - Comfortable in a wide range of musical styles including (but not restricted to) Classical , Jazz (all styles), Popular, Broadway, Blues, Country, Bluegrass, Rock, Latin and Ethnic.
Equipment - Alembic fretted bass guitar, Pedulla MVP Buzz fretless bass guitar, Tyrolian doublebass by unknown master - circa 1820, Eminence electric upright doublebass, 5 string Clevinger electric upright doublebass, German 'cello, King tuba. York and Sons Helicon, Acoustic Image and Gallien Kruger amplification. ART digital effects unit. The Realist, Fishman, and Underwood Doublebass pickups and K&K Golden Trinity microphone.
Doctoral Candidate, Jazz Studies - 1994 - , University of Texas, Austin
Master of Music, Jazz Studies - 1990, Webster University, St. Louis, Missouri
Bachelor of Music, Doublebass - 1988, University of Missouri, Columbia
Recent Branson, MO Engagements: "Oklahoma" starring Rudy Gatlin , The Ink Spots, Patti Page, The Four Lads, Howard Keel, The Four Aces, The Lennon Sisters
Recordings, Motion Pictures, Radio and Television: NBC's "Tonight Show with Johnny Carson", CBS television special "The Captain and Tenille in New Orleans", "Austin City Limits" on PBS, the ABC television special "Springtime in San Francisco with Perry Como", performances on the "CBS Television Evening News" and NBC "Today" shows. "A Praire Home Companion" on APR. Major motion pictures, radio and television commercials and jingles.
Other Special Engagements and Performances: U.S. White House, world premier of "Eight Jellyrolls" by Twyla Tharp, with Twyla Tharp Dancers. Pit orchestra work on first run road productions of shows such as "Sweeney Todd". Musical Director for Beverly Dinner Playhouse, New Orleans, LA. Engagements on luxury cruise ships such as "Pacific Princess", "Mississippi Queen", "Noordam", "Maasdam". Photographs of me performing have appeared in Time, Newsweek, and National Geographic magazines. My picture is in the book "New Orleans Jazz - A Family Album" by Al Rose.
Popular and Rock - I have performed with: Louie Jordan, The Four Tops, Lloyd Price, Tom Waites, Van Morrison, Allan Toussaint,, Taj Mahal, Tom Jones, Emerson, Lake and Palmer Tour Orchestra, Bo Didly, Perry Como, Cheryl Ladd, The Ink Spots, The Four Lads, Patty Page, The Four Aces and many others. I have backed up stars such as Cleo Lane, Robert Goulet and Sarah Vaughn to mention only a few.
Blues Artists - I have performed with: Mike Bloomfield, "Lightnin'" Hopkins, Roosevelt Sykes, Professor Longhair, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Long John Hunter and many others.
Professional Symphony Orchestra Positions - Kansas City Philharmonic, Denver Symphony (performed "Appalachian Spring" under the baton of the composer, Aaron Copeland). Numerous community professional and semi-professional symphony orchestras.
Jazz Festivals - The following are some jazz festivals where I have performed: The Monterey Jazz Festival, The New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, The Montreux Switzerland Jazz Festival, The 1990 World Exposition in Osaka, Japan, Jazz Fest of Nice, France. Many other festivals throughout the US Europe and Japan. Selected as one of Kansas City Jazz Festival College All-Stars 1971.
Jazz Artists - I have performed with: Cannonball and Nat Adderly, Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Lee Konitz, Buddy DeFranco, Joe Venuti, Louie Jordan, Carmen McCrae, Richard "Groove" Holms, Emily Remler, Stephan Grappelli, Clark Terry, Ellis Marsalis, Eddie Harris, Lloyd Ellis and many others.
Big Bands - I have performed with: The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Woody Herman and His Orchestra, The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, The New Deal Rhythm Band and others.
Dixieland - I have performed with: The Dukes of Dixieland, Bob Wilbur, Al Hirt, Pete Fountain, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Butch Thompson, The Hall Brothers, The Young Tuxedo, Onward and Olympia Brass Bands participating in many traditional New Orleans jazz funerals and celebrations.
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