Hands on instruments  

A lifetime in music

I play a variety of instruments, and I play a lot of different musical styles. This has led me into some unusal situations; get a comprehensive list of interesting gigs I've played here.

This page is dedicating to recalling some notable past experiences. Click on these links to jump to your choice.


Solo Piano

Here's my version of Virgo by Wayne Shorter
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I was a founding member of the group Breckerville, a group dedicated to the music of Randy and Michael Brecker. From September 2012 to July 2015 we did some flame-throwing concerts as an electric quintet. The group featured me on synthesizers, Bob Ferguson on trumpet, fluegelhorn, and FX, Carl Cox on tenor sax, Andy Lalasis on electric bass, and Vic Stevens on drums. Here's a short video of my piano solo on the tune "Nothing Personal" filmed at The Firehouse Cafe in Mounty Holly NJ on January 22. 2015.
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And here's audio of a complete performance of "Song for Barry".
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Piano Quartet

I've played in piano trios and quartets with some of the hottest players around. Here's a version of Steve Swallow's Let's Eat featuring Chris Farr on sax, Howie Thompson on bass, and Joe Nero on drums.
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Jamming with Jimmy Bruno

I was on guitarist Jimmy Bruno's "Midnight Blue" album and spent a lot of time at Chris's Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia playing with him. Here's a bootleg recording of "Eternal Triangle" from October 3, 1998 featuring Jimmy and me along with unknown bass and drums.
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Chapman Stick

Here's a solo version of Thelonious Monk's Teo
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Popular Music

Backing up the stars

Over the years I've played on stage with name acts such as Joni Mitchell, Aretha Franklin, Mary Wilson and the Supremes, and many others. Here's a link to a list of popular artists I've had the honor to play with.

On July 4, 1994, several hundred thousand people crammed the Philadelphia Parkway as Smokey Robinson played on the steps of the Art Museum. Channel 6 Action News provided live coverage of a gig I'll never forget.
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2000 Republican Convention in Philadelphia

This footage from C-Span shows me soloing for the amusement of our corporate masters.
Hey, it was a gig.
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Casino acts and entertainers

Here's footage from an Atlantic City telethon on February 10, 1985. Karen DeVito sings before a quartet of me, Vince Colella, Chico Huff, and Kevin Ewalt.
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Musical theater

Starting in high school I've played musical shows. Working in Atlantic City in the 1980's gave me the chance to do it for a living. In addition to countless industrial shows, musical revues, and other kinds of shows, here's a list of the staged musicals that I've been involved with, playing synthesizer, rehearsal piano, arranging, programming, conducting, and/or musically directing.

Classical Music

I've always had a love for classical music and once in a while I'm giving the opportunity to perform in that world. Classical musicians are the specialists in the musical field and by embracing other styles I can be seen as an interloper when joining them; My goal is to function well in the limited role I'm given, secure in the knowledge that they can't do other things that I have more control over! Here's some peeks into this aspect of my playing:

Southeast Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra

Here's a link to the website for the Southeast Pennsylvania Symphony Orchestra, for which I've been the pianist and electronic keyboardist (for celeste, cannonfire in the 1812, etc.) since about 2008. Music Director Allan Scott is a forward-thinking leader under whose direction we've played symphonies by Ives, Gorecki, Copland and other modernists in addition to the traditional repertoire. You don't expect a local symphony to be performing such things and my musical horizons have broadened having these oppotunities.

Philadelphia Boys Choir

I'm occasionally asked to provide musical textures via synthesizers for this world-reknown organization. It's an amazing experience to be on stage and hear this angelic vocal texture all around you! My latest visit was on June 7, 2015, when we played at Verizon Hall in the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. onstage with Philadelphia Boys Choir June 2015

Philadelphia Chamber Symphony on "20/20"

Back in 2003 I was asked to perform the John Adams "Chamber Symphony" and Copland's "Music for Theatre" with this wonderful orchestra. Turns out John Adams shipped them a data disc for a Kurzweil synthesizer as part of the composition and they didn't know what to do with it and called me in. It was a musical challenge that turned out to be filmed in the rehearsals by the ABC newscast "20/20". They had an agenda and I learned a lot about how the media distorts the events to fit that agenda; here's a clip:
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The Night Café

Be sure to check out our website for a lot more on this project. Briefly, I play accordion with Allan Slutsky on mandolin and a top-drawer acoustic bass; we play Fritz Kreisler material, light classics, film music, tangos, Italian favorites and more with the ambiance of a European café group.

Solo piano

Most of my classical playing happens at home, playing solo piano. Here's a taste of Debussy's 1st Arabesque:
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Updated May 2, 2017.