|I began playing piano
at age five and was sick to death of
the instrument by the time I was eighteen. I quit, learned
Travis-picking on guitar, and played and sang in coffee Houses on
Charles Street in Boston while I earned a Master’s Degree in English
from Northeastern University.
In 1972 I moved to Ashland, Oregon, and connected with local musicians Craig and Beth Martin, and we formed a band called Country Rain, with me on rhythm guitar and vocals. At some point the band became aware of my keyboard history, and gradually I came back home to my piano roots. Once I heard the piano improvisations of Keith Jarrett, I was fully home.
From a musical family, I formed a band in the 1980s with my brother Bill and my sister Presila along with Paul Jenny & Tom Freeman, called PJQ, which lasted a few years. Since that time I have worked one season with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and played for two shows with the Oregon Cabaret Theater. I played solo piano at Alex’s Plaza Restaurant from 1987 until Alex's closed in January, 2014.
I am currently in duos with bassist and vocalist Jeff Addicott, and singer and percussionist Julia Roupp. I can be heard playing solo piano at The Wild Goose and the Avalon Bar and Grill, and the occasional winery. Please click the Calendar link above for current shows, and visit the Links page to learn about these venues.