Born Albuquerque, NM. Started guitar at age eight but switched to
trumpet at age ten. At age twelve, asked to play in a local “dance
band” for weddings and dance gigs. Discovered improvisation at
first rehearsal. The rest is history!!
Spent summers after high school in New York City listening to the
great jazz masters. Attended the first two years of Stan Kenton
Summer Jazz Clinics in Bloomington , IND. Able to study under
Don Jacoby, Conte Candoli, Johnny Richards, John LaPorta,
Shelly Manne, etc. Attended UNM for two years studying
Architecture and Commercial Art. Drafted into Army, assigned as
jazz soloist to NORAD BAND in Colorado Springs. After service,
moved to NYC and joined Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, rooming and
playing with legendary Charlie Shavers. After Dorsey, went to
Woody Herman, Buddy Rich, Maynard Ferguson, Si Zentner,
Benny Goodman. Settled in Las Vegas for 7 years playing top
show bands in casinos. 1972 moved to Los Angeles and became a
first-call studio musician as well as continuing to play on big bands
of Bill Holman, Bob Florence, Louie Bellson, Toshiko Akiyoshi,
Ed Shaughnessy, Bill Berry, and Nat Pierce-Frank Capp
Designer / developer of SHEW model Yamaha 6310Z & 8310Z
trumpets and 6310Z & 8310Z flugelhorns. Designer of SOLOIST
mute, Yamaha SHEW series trumpet and flugelhorn mouthpieces
as well as SHEW series mouthpieces for the Marcinkiewicz
Company and for Kelly Mouthpieces ( Lexan mouthpieces ).
Author of “ETUDES AND EXERCISES FOR JAZZ AND
CLASSICAL PLAYER” & “BASIC STUDY GUIDE FOR
TRUMPET” . Former Chairman for IAJE and ITG. Former Assoc.
Professor of Trpt at USC ( Los Angeles – 10 years ) , Cal. State
Northridge-18 years ) Calif. Institute Of The Arts ( 3 years ) .
Numerous Artist-in-Residencies world-wide in Germany,
Netherlands, Belgium, Japan, Canada, Austria.
Elected into New Mexico Music Hall Of Fame. Numerous
Grammy nominations and 1982 Received Jazz Album Of The Year