Brooklyn, New York, who came from a musical family and whose dad and mom supported his musical aspirations. He started out on the piano and then
gravitated to bass fiddle, acoustic bass, and, eventually, electric
bass. His buddies and he
started up a garage band and performed at parties and bar mitzvahs.
musical acumen did not go unnoticed by his music instructor, who encouraged
his mom and dad to send him to the High School of Music and Art in New
York, New York. Some of his
fellow students included Bobby Broom, Omar Hakim, and Marcus Miller. He also attended the Julliard
School, where his mentor was none other than bassist extraordinaire, Homer Mensch.
his studies, he applied his education to the “real world”,
performing at venues in the States and abroad, and caught the attention of
the jazz-fusion outfit, Spyro Gyra. He became of member of the band in
1987, just in time to flex his bass chops on Stories Without Words.
Then he hooked up with Michael Franks and went on a tour of Japan
and the United States. Bobby
Caldwell beckoned him to enlist in his band, and they continue a musical
collaboration to this day.
with whom he has worked include Patti Austin, George Benson, Paul Brown,
Randy Crawford, Hillary Duff, Al Jarreau, Michael
Lington, Jeffrey Osbourne, Boz Skaggs, and Peter
White. During his stint with Randy
Crawford, he not only played bass, but co-wrote songs and served as musical
The CD era is
brimming with projects on which he has put his own personal stamp,
including Along the Way: The Best of Dan Siegel and Randy Crawford Live: One Day I’ll Fly Away.