What was the first concert you ever went to?
Doc Severinsen and "The Now Generation Brass" With Ed Shaughnessy on Drums, then soon after that, the Count Basie Orchestra with Butch Miles on Drums, then Buddy Rich and his Big Band...life was never the same...
What gear do you use?
I am and always have been a Ludwig fan! I used a Ludwig BR kit (1978) until it was stolen recently. I now use my 1970 Ludwig kit on most gigs, very much the same except it is Sliver Sparkle rather than White Marine Pearl and a little smaller Bass Drum
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
Well, for drums, Ringo was first, then Buddy Rich who I had the honor of meeting and hanging out with a lot, my dear friend Ed Shaughnessy who I had the pleasure of studying with at Skidmore, Louie Bellson and Joe Morello, and my good friend, Butch Miles. For the Band world, it was my High School Band Director, Scott C. Callaway who was everything to me!
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
I currently have a Jazz Quartet and a new Big Band Album with my life long musical friend, Brian Hobbs called: Albert-Hobbs Big Band. Our music and schedule is on our facebook page under the same name. I am conducting as well as playing and I love both!
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
I never met Gene Krupa and always wished I had, Art Tatum and Oscar Peterson are two musicians I would have loved to played with.
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
Conducting, it was 2001 in Chicago when my band played for the Midwest Band and Orchestra Clinic - playing Drums on TV, but usually nothing larger than sport arenas, large concert halls etc.
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
"Rich In London", Buddy Rich and his big band live at Ronnie Scotts. My first Rich recording I owned and I still learn things when I listen to it.