How long have you been playing?
Got my first guitar at 7 years old, in 1967. I've been playing guitar for 44 years. WOW! I never really knew what I wanted "to be" when I grew up. Guitars have kept me company & never let me down. You get out of them what you put into them. When I was a child, older kids in my neighborhood had a band & I sorta looked up to them. It just stuck. Play guitar. Later in high school, we learned The Beatles, CSN&Y, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Yes & Frank Zappa. I can build a house too but playing music is the best!
What was the first concert you ever went to?
Mountain (w/Leslie West) 1973 @ the Miami Jai-Alai Fronton. My "big brother" (Big Brothers/Big Sisters Org.), James Scott Watt, took me. I was 13 & could hardly breathe cuz of the smoke inside ;)
What gear do you use?
My main guitars are a Brian Moore i13 midi w/2 Seymore Duncan humbuckers & peizos & a Fender Strat. I currently use a vintage MusicMan 50 watt tube amp running thru a 4/12 cab. I have a vintage JMP Marshall 50 watt tube amp & Marshall 4/12 cab & a Fender Blues Jr. 15 watt tube amp. I have 6 & 12-string Gibson acoustics too. 7-pc. Pearl Export drums, 3 Basses, P..A., BlueCrib Studios (lotsa studio stuff), ProTools, Fostex 16 track hard disk recorder...
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
The Monkees, The Beatles, Three Dog Night, Steppenwolf, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath, Yes, Frank Zappa, Jeff Beck, John McLaughlin, Steve Morse, Allan Holdsworth...& I'm still growing, I think?...
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
Currently with ELECTRIC MANGO jam band with occasional vocals. Also in a trio with THE INVENTURERS (Jazz-Rock Fusion). I used to front a band called ANCIENT INFANT ('95-'02). Also had the bands ASSTRAL ORKESTRA, STAR SMOKERS & GUITORMENTOR. In '94, RASH. I still play at D's ORANGE ROOM on most Fridays.
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
I love jamming with both my bands & for stricktly instrumental jamming, Frank Milone on bass & Rob Collins on drums with THE INVENTURERS are my current favs. From the past...Jeff Anderson, cuz he's a great musician on drums or guitar or whateva! Ernie Calderon too & for the same reasons! My old pal & guitar mentor, Eric Babl in Brazil would be fun to jam with again someday...& last but not least...my GF, Amina, because she is talented & quick to learn on guitar :)
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