I’ve been part of the Los Angeles music scene for many years. I started with the blues and eventually delved into other genres: bluegrass, country swing, and Django Reinhardt-inspired Gypsy jazz.
My musical journey began in the early ‘60s, when I was tutored on the diatonic harmonica by the legendary blues icon Sonny Terry. In the mid-1960s, I taught harmonica at the Ashgrove, a club that was the focal point of the Los Angeles folk music revival. Years later, I taught and performed at other venues in the Los Angeles area, such as McCabe’s Guitar Shop, Boulevard Music, the Coffee Gallery Backstage, and Viva Cantina.
In the mid-’90s, I started focusing on the chromatic harmonica. I honed my skills by attending numerous music jams and gigs, armed only with a chromatic in the key of C. By playing in all keys, I became comfortable playing by ear and improvising in many styles of music.
In 2005, I produced and played harmonica and guitar on my first CD, Harmonica and Guitar Duets, which covers diverse types