Bio

My musical education started with AM radio as a kid, transitioned into progressive rock in the 80s, and then eventually brought me to jazz and free jazz in the 90s. I studied music at the University of New Hampshire and did a crazy amount of playing and studying during those four years. Post-college, I performed with free jazz band Marsupial Hat, a Zappa-inspired rock band called The Zaklees, and singer/songwriter Kaye Kelly, among others. I also performed as a session musician on many recordings and have participated in innumerable jazz gigs over the years.

After many years of doing session work, I decided to take matters into my own hands and record a solo bass album in 2006. This led to connecting with saxophonist Thom Keith, and together we formed the free improvising group Equal Time, and co-founded the improvising artists collective and concert series Avant Coast. Equal Time played a couple of shows with trumpeter Eddie Gale and trombonist Dick Griffin that served as a launching point for the group.

I live in Southern Maine and still perform regularly with Equal Time. I’m working on several recording projects, including more solo bass material and some instrumental music exploring other areas like progressive rock and ambient music. I’ve also started playing with avant-groovers Future Memory. And I continue do plenty of freelance work, making music with a lot of the characters listed below.

Here’s a small sample of the fantastic musicians I’ve been privileged to work with:

Gerry Adams, guitar
Dave Bryant, piano/keys (Ornette Coleman)
Cactus Highway
Curtis Clark, piano (David Murray, Julian Priester)
Ken Clark, drums
Francis Dunnery, singer/songwriter/guitar (It Bites)
Rob Duquette, drums/guitar/singer/songwriter
Mike Effenberger, piano/keys
Equal Time
Future Memory
Eddie Gale, trumpet (Sun Ra, Cecil Taylor)
Forbes Graham, trumpet
Luther Gray, drums
Dick Griffin, trombone (Rahsaan Roland Kirk, Sun Ra, McCoy Tyner)
Les Harris, Jr., drums
Paul Heckel, vibraphone
Chris Humphrey, vocals/piano
Michael Gregory Jackson, guitar/vocals (Oliver Lake, Wadada Leo Smith)
Charlie Jennison, saxophones
Thom Keith, saxophones
Kaye Kelly, singer/songwriter
Charlie Kohlhase, saxophones
Chris Klaxton, trumpet
Marc LaForce, saxophones
Matt Langley, saxophones
Frank Laurino, drums
Marsupial Hat
Ralph Norris, saxophone
Tim O’Dell, saxophones
Jonathan Paul, guitar
Phil Sargent, guitar
Mark Shilansky, piano
Neil Shilansky, drums
Tom Snow, piano
Travis Sullivan, saxophone (Bjorkestra)
David Tonkin, guitar
Mike Walsh, drums
G. Calvin Weston, drums (Ornette Coleman, James Blood Ulmer)
The Zaklees

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