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Playing Since: 1958
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1969 to present: full time Professional Guitarist 1964 to present: Guitar Teacher STUDIES Guitar with Lenny Frank, Myron Weiss, Joe Pecora, Johnny Cresci and Gene Bertoncini; Arranging and Orchestration with Don Sebesky; Tenor Banjo with Alan Cary and Jack Hotop; Five-String Banjo with Roger Sprung, Mike Kropp and Tony Trischka; and Conducting with Jackie Presti. ACCOMPANIST - CONCERTS/RECORDINGS, starting in 1969 with a record act, Oliver [hit records: “Good Morning Starshine” and “Jean”]; and since then with Ellen Kaye, Elly Stone, Marvin Hamlisch, Eartha Kitt, Bernadette Peters, Joel Grey, Carole King, Kristin Chenoweth, Gregory Hines, Maurice Hines, Wayne Brady, Ben Vereen, Ann Hampton Callaway, Regina Carter, Regis Philbin, Nell Carter, Maureen McGovern, Eleanor Reissa, Sally Mayes, Cy Coleman, Ann Reinking, Tony Randall, and the Queens Symphony Orchestra; done many recordings over the years, including the original Broadway cast album of Cats, jingles and industrial shows. TELEVISION WORK The Letterman Show, Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Variety Club Fund Raiser, Today Show, Sesame Street [Substitute Guitarist]. THEATER/BROADWAY As official Guitar Teacher for The “Sound of Music” [1998-1999], taught Rebecca Luker, Laura Benanti, and Richard Chamberlain how to play “Do Re Mi” and “Edelweiss.” Papermill Playhouse: Anything Goes; Victor, Victoria; Funny Girl; A Chorus Line; Annie; and Hello Dolly. Other regional theaters: The Threepenny Opera, Always Patsy Cline, A Chorus Line, Roadside, Footloose, and Godspell. Guitarist in Cats for 18 years, and the orchestra house contractor for the last 10 years Of the run; Substitute Guitarist on Broadway in West Side Story , 42nd Street [both productions 1980 and 2001], The Full Monty, and Bring Back Birdie. Co-produced, with Jackie Presti, the cd “ You Oughta Be on Broadway: A Richard Rodgers Collection for Ladies of All Ages,” featuring performances by Penny Fuller, Liz Callaway, Brigid Brady, Nadine Isenegger, Sally Mayes, Anne Runnollfsson, and others, along with the same recorded tracks without vocals so to allow women and \ girls to sing along. C0-produced with Ellen Kaye and Seth Goldman, Ellen Kaye’s cd Ice Wine—songs for Christmas and dark winter nights. - COMPOSITIONS Currently composing music for Old Bones Odyssey, in collaboration with Ellen Kaye. Composed music for The Black Russian, musical theater piece in collaboration with Vladimir and Sybil Alexandrov (lyrics and book). In collaboration with Joel Froomkin and Peter Morris [book and lyrics], composed music for The Red Badge of Courage, a show currently in development and which had a reading at the York Theatre in 2003; Composed music for Radical, currently in development, in collaboration with Donald Wollner; Composed music for the blues/rock band, Men Without Hope, and wrote songs with Donald Wollner, including the unknown hits, “I’m Bald” and “God Is a Dentist.” DANCE BANDS Lester Lanin, Peter Duchin, Steven Scott, and many others JAZZ BANDS Vince Giordano, the Nighthawks, and many others; Founding Member of Threeba, with Sam Pilafian
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