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I started playing the bass when I was twelve years old – six years after studying the piano. The piano provided excellent musical education but I just wanted to be in a band and rock. My first live gig was in the theatre pit for the high school musical Little Shop of Horrors, when I was still in 8th grade. My first paid bar gig was at fifteen years old with a classic rock/blues band in New Brunswick, NJ – I think I got $20, a burger with fries and a shout out from a bar patron for playing a fretless bass.

Fast forward almost 30 years, a bunch of bands and alot of gear later, I’m still laying down the groove with anyone who has a gig on offer. Currently I am a member of the hard rock band Spiral Scar, subbing for the 80s cover band The Suspects and occasionally playing out with Beyond the Burn, an acoustic classic rock outfit. My playing style is to play what fits the song and situation. I’ve been told that I fit in easily with whoever I’m playing with and whatever genre of music.

Gear

I’ve been through a bunch of basses and amps but ultimately found the Fender Jazz to be my bass. Paired with a lightweight yet powerful setup, it is an ideal “one trip to the car” rig for local gigging:

  • 2014 Fender American Standard Jazz
  • 2016 Squier Vintage Modified ’77 Jazz
  • Gallien Krueger MB200
  • Schroeder 12PL
  • Smooth Hound Wireless
  • Countryman Type 85 DI
  • TC Electronic Polytune Nano
  • DR Sunbeam NLR-40 Lite Strings
  • Dimarzio Cables

Other Basses & Pedals Currently in use

  • 2015 Brice HXB-406 Short Scale Six String Bass (heavily modified)
  • Unknown 3/4 Upright Plywood Bass w/ Innovation Honey(140H) Strings
  • 3 Leaf Octavbre
  • Digitech JamMan XL Looper w/ Foot Switch

Song Repertoire

60s

  • Come Together – The Beatles
  • Dear Mr.Fantasy – Traffic
  • Feelin’ Alright – Traffic
  • For What It’s Worth – Buffalo Springfield
  • Heart Full Of Soul – The Yardbirds
  • Get Together – The Youngbloods
  • My Girl – The Temptations
  • Never My Love – The Association
  • Piece Of My Heart – Janis Joplin
  • Play With Fire – The Rolling Stones
  • Ramble On – Led Zeppelin
  • The Thrill Is Gone – B.B. King
  • The Weight – The Band
  • White Rabbit – Jefferson Airplane
  • You Can’t Hurry Love – The Supremes
  • You Showed Me – The Turtles

70s

  • 40,000 Headmen – Traffic
  • After Midnight – Eric Clapton
  • Ain’t No Sunshine – Bill Withers
  • And It Stoned Me – Van Morrison
  • Angel From Montgomery – John Prine
  • Breakdown – Tom Petty
  • Call Me – Blondie
  • Can’t Find My Way Home – Eric Clapton
  • Can’t You See – The Marshall Tucker Band
  • Crazy On You – Heart
  • Cruel To Be Kind – Nick Lowe
  • Day After Day – Badfinger
  • Everybody Dance – Chic
  • Fat Bottomed Girls – Queen
  • Hey Joe – Jimi Hendrix
  • Highway To Hell – ACDC
  • Into The Mystic – Van Morrison
  • Just What I Needed – The Cars
  • Let It Rain – Eric Clapton
  • Money – Pink Floyd
  • One Way Or Another – Blondie
  • Paradise By The Dashboard Light – Meatloaf
  • Paranoid – Black Sabbath
  • Play That Funky Music White Boy – Wild Cherry
  • Pretty Girls – Joe Jackson
  • Pump It Up – Elvis Costello
  • Radio, Radio – Elvis Costello
  • Reminiscing – Little River Band
  • Rhiannon – Fleetwood Mac
  • Rock Lobster – B-52s
  • Samba Pa Ti – Carlos Santana
  • Shattered – Rolling Stones
  • Stealers Wheel – Stuck In The Middle With You
  • The Letter – Joe Cocker
  • Time Warp – Rocky Horror
  • What’s So Funny About – Elvis Costello
  • Willin’ – Little Feat

80s

  • Bad Reputation – Joan Jett
  • Brass In Pocket – The Pretenders
  • Dancin’ With Myself – Billy Idol
  • Higher Ground – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Hit Me With Your Best Shot – Pat Benatar
  • Hot In The City – Billy Idol
  • Hurt So Good – John Cougar Mellencamp
  • I Hate Myself For Loving You – Joan Jett
  • I Love Rock & Roll – Joan Jett
  • I Ran – Flock of Seagulls
  • I Will Follow – U2
  • In Between Days – The Cure
  • It’s My Life – Talk Talk / No Doubt
  • It’s So Easy – Guns N’ Roses
  • Jenny 867-5309 – Tommy Tutone
  • Kids In America – Kim Wylde
  • Living On A Prayer – Bon Jovi
  • Love Shack  – The B52s
  • Love Song – The Cure
  • Love Stinks – J. Geils Band
  • Love Will Tear Us Apart – Joy Division
  • Melt With You – Modern English
  • Mystery Achievement – The Pretenders
  • Ordinary World – Duran Duran
  • Our Lips Are Sealed – The GoGos
  • R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A. – John Mellencamp
  • Rock the Casbah – The Clash
  • Run To You – Bryan Adams
  • Should I Stay, Or Should I Go – The Clash
  • Someday, Someway – Marshall Crenshaw
  • Summer Of ’69 – Bryan Adams
  • Sunday Papers – Joe Jackson
  • Sweet Child O’ Mine – Guns N’ Roses
  • Talking In Your Sleep – The Romantics
  • Twilight Zone – Golden Earring
  • Voodoo Woman – Koko Taylor
  • We Got The Beat – The GoGos
  • What I Like About You – The Romantics
  • White Wedding – Billy Idol
  • Working For The Weekend – Loverboy
  • Your Love – The Outfield

90s

  • Buddy Holly – Weezer
  • Cannonball – The Breeders
  • Come To My Window – Melissa Etheridge
  • Closing Time – Semisonic
  • Creep – Radiohead
  • Even Flow – Pearl Jam
  • Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It – Will Smith
  • Groove Is In The Heart – Deee-Lite
  • Hard To Handle – The Black Crowes
  • Machinehead – Bush
  • Man In The Box – Alice in Chains
  • Mary Jane’s Last Dance – Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers
  • Mr. Jones – Counting Crows
  • No Excuses – Alice in Chains
  • Outshined – Soundgarden
  • Santeria – Sublime
  • Semi-Charmed Life – Third Eye Blind
  • Shine – Collective Soul
  • Sober – Tool
  • The Thunder Rolls – Garth Brooks
  • Today Was A Good Day – Ice Cube
  • Under The Bridge – Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Wicked Game – Chris Isaak
  • Would – Alice in Chains
  • You Get What You Give – New Radicals

2000s

  • Absolutely (Story of a Girl) – Nine Days
  • All The Small Things – Blink 182
  • Are You Gonna Go My Way – Jet
  • Bent – Matchbox 20
  • The Best Of You – Foo Fighters
  • Blurred Lines – Robin Thicke
  • Clocks – Coldplay
  • Crazy – Gnarls Barkley
  • Get Lucky – Daft Punk
  • Happy – Pharrell Williams
  • Higher – Creed
  • I Try – Macy Gray
  • Killing In The Name – Rage Against The Machine
  • Kryptonite – 3 Doors Down
  • Meet Virginia – Train
  • Mr. Brightside – The Killers
  • Never Let You Go – Third Eye Blind
  • Oops!…I Did It Again – Britney Spears
  • Poker Face – Lady Gaga
  • Rock Your Body- Justin Timberlake
  • Rolling In The Deep – Adele
  • Since U Been Gone – Kelly Clarkson
  • Seven Nation Army – The White Stripes
  • Sex On Fire – Kings of Leon
  • Slide – Goo Goo Dolls
  • Smooth – Santana feat. Rob Thomas 
  • Sugar, We’re Going Down – Fall Out Boy
  • Then The Morning Comes – Smash Mouth
  • This Love – Maroon 5
  • Treasure- Bruno Mars
  • Uptown Funk – Mark Ronson feat. Bruno Mars
  • Valerie – Amy Winehouse
  • With Arms Wide Open – Creed
  • Wonderful – Everclear