The Main Ingredient
Pee-Wee Ellis Band
Vicki Sue Robinson
In the course of my career I have had the pleasure of working with or just jamming with some of the most respected musicians in the business. The list above is a partial look in to these moments of my life. My first real gig came in L.A. when I was 20 years old. I toured with the Main Ingredient performing at venues such as Shea Stadium and the L.A. Forum. This lead to meeting and recording with drummer extraordinaire, Alphonse Mouzon. At that session I was honored to be sitting next to Lee Ritenour, Dave Grusin, David Benoit and George Duke. After my experiences on the west coast I moved to New York City and did movie sound track and jingle work with the help of guitarist Joe Beck. Back in Connecticut in my hometown of Westport, I was given a steady gig on Sunday nights at The Players Tavern. Here is where I was able to truly hone my jazz skills amongst the best players in the Tri-State area. The stage at "The Tavern" will always hold a significant place in my life, as it was a playground for many musicians in and out of the area.
My love of the guitar started at the age of 9 in 1964 when America watched the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show. Within a few short months I had my first guitar and shortly after that I joined my first band. My interests included a variety of musical styles from Rock, to Blues, to Jazz. My intensive studies at the age of 16 with Jazz great Linc Chamberland prepared me to begin to play Jazz. My professional career began then and continues to this day. In addition to recording and performing I have a teaching practice in Fairfield County, CT.