September 30, 2013 - Hope you had a great summer! I sure did, including lots of gigs with a variety of artists. Just this week, I had the pleasure of playing with the Orange County Swing Band for the first time. I forgot how much fun big bands can be! I also joined Ron Kobayashi and Ronnie Ciago, backing singer Blythe Bunnee on the "American Stars" TV show. Blythe won the competition! Looking forward to meeting the new students as our newest class gets underway at LAMA next week.
Jun 30, 2013 - It has been a wonderful, and very busy, year so far. Apart from settling into my new home/studio in Glendale, gigs have been picking up quite a bit. Ray and the Idols have been making the rounds of So. CA community festivals - lots of fun playing classic oldies with top notch musicians. I also have a steady jazz gig nearly every Sunday at Mozambique in Laguna Beach with Maureen Bryant and Ron Kobayashi. And my own group recently played a series of gigs at the Grove in LA. Meanwhile, I have been busier than ever teaching at LAMA, and last week had the honor of performing with legendary drum department chair, Joe Porcaro, for a faculty concert at the school. Joe is just about the nicest person I have ever met, and I only hope that I will be able to swing half as hard as him when I am his age! My hero.
Jan 28, 2013 - Today is a very significant day to me for two reasons. I bought my first bass guitar exactly 30 years ago today. My life has been enriched immeasurably through music ever since....in terms of creative growth, amazing friendships, travel, cultural enrichment, adventure, and just plain fun! Also, today I officially became a home owner for the first time - yet another miraculous and unanticipated reward from a lifetime of music. I feel so humbled and grateful for my life today. Thank you, bass!
Nov 25, 2012 - Another new video bass lesson posted to the Lessons page, this time discussing right hand positions.
Sep 16, 2012 - It's been a while since I posted a video lesson, so please check out the new video about bass guitar control settings featured on my lessons page. And speaking of videos, the new Tama video featuring drummer Buddy Gibbons playing my tune "Who's the Boss" is finished and came out really nice! Meanwhile, Ray and the Idols are starting to play some gigs again. Here's a band shot from our gig at Dinah's in July. Fun band!
June 14, 2012 - Hope you are enjoying the summer sunshine! I will be enjoying it next week with students at LA Music Academy's Summer Program. If you are in the Pasadena area, and interested in a week of band experience, plus classes with some world class teachers, please check our program out! My interview on Coffee Talk Jazz Radio has been rescheduled for June 27th (see flyer below). And I just uploaded a new bass lesson to the lessons page.
Apr 6, 2012 - Lots of bass business going on right now. Please tune in to the Coffee Talk Jazz internet radio program on April 24 to hear my interview with Bridgette Lewis and tracks from my album. New bass players should check out the technique bass lesson on my lessons page. I will be playing with drummer Buddy Gibbons this month for his new videos as a Tama endorsing artist. And Ray Jimenez's new band just shot our promo video last week, with our first gig scheduled for April 14 at the Radio Aztlan Festival in Riverside! Here I am all spiffed out for the video shoot:
Feb 26, 2012 - Thanks to everybody for the very positive response to my new site! My little corner of the music biz keeps chugging along. I've been playing some gigs with nice folks like Cesar Mateus and Dave Caselli, and getting ready for another new incoming class at LA Music Academy. Meanwhile, I've just uploaded a new free bass lesson to this site, so please have a look.
Dec 28, 2011 - Ta daaaaaa.....It's here! As promised, my web site has been rebuilt from the ground up. All of the old bass lessons and other useful content are still here, but in a new format that will be easier for me to keep up to date and hopefully, for you to use. Please let me know if you have any suggestions or requests by hitting the "contact" link above. And Happy New Year to you! 2012 promises to bring lots of fun projects, including a brand new band with my old friend "Little Ray" Jimenez and some of my favorite players!
To kick things off, here is a solo bass tune I recently recorded.