He is a tubist, composer and teacher who was
born in Brooklyn, New York who took his studies at New York’s High School of Music and Art followed by the New England
Known for his
work as a jazz musician he has been a longtime
member and founding member of the jazz trio Spanish Fly, SingleTree
and the trio Brass Bang. He has also been a member of Henry Threadgill’s Very Very
Circus and in recent years has performed as a member of Dave Douglas’
Brass Ecstasy and Nomad.
He is also an
acclaimed soloist and chamber musician who has written and commissioned
many works as well as performing premieres by composers such as Daniel Pinkham, Peter Schickele, Gunther Schuller, John Zorn
and others. A sought after
performer, he has played for countless orchestras and ensemble in the New York area. Some of these include the American
Ballet Theater, the American Composers Orchestra,
the American Symphony, the Art Ensemble of Chicago, EOS, Kamikaze Groiund
Crew, Les Miserables Brass Band, the Metropolitan
Opera, the New York City Ballet, the New York City Opera, the New York
Pops, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra and Radio City Music Hall.
He has also performed on several TV shows.
career he has performed with countless artists that include P.D.Q.Bach, David Byrne, Ray Charles, Dr. John, Marty
Ehrlich, Aretha Franklin, Lionel Hampton, Michael Jackson, Queen Latifah, Michel Legrand, Wynton Marsalis, Bette Midler, Donnie Osmond, George
Russell, Paul Simon, Sly & Robbie, Sting, They Might Be Giants, Dawn
Upshaw, Loudon Wainwright III and Stevie Wonder.
performed on in excess of 350 recordings and just a select few of these are
Black Dahlia by Bob Belden, Love This Giant by David Byrne, Songs I Heard by Harry Connick Jr., By Arrangement by Jim Hall, Gravity by Howard Johnson, Covers by Kamizake
Ground Crew, Songs from the Last
Century by George Michael, Alegria by Wayne Shorter, Grapefruit Moon by Southside Johnny, Fly by Night by Spanish Fly, 25 Years by Sting, Indestructable
Object by They Might Be Giants and Leonard
Bernstein’s New York by Dawn Upshaw.
His work on
numerous jingles and more than
60 movie soundtracks include
performances on the scores for The
Chamber, Cupcake, Ed Wood, Fargo, Interview with the
Vampire, Mission to Mars, Muppet Christmas Carol, 101 Dalmations,
Primary Colors, Shaft, Sleepless in Seattle, Snake
Eyes, The Spanish Prisoner,Wolf and You’ve Got Mail. Broadway has also used his
talent with him appearing in productions such as Candide, The Little Mermaid, Ragtime, South Pacific, Spiderman –
Turn Off the Dark and State Fair.
In the field
of musical education he has been a member of the faculties of Brooklyn College, Manhattan School of Music, New York
University and the State University of New York, Purchase. He has also given many workshops and
masterclasses on a national and international