From the first time I picked
up a stand-up bass at age 13 and shocked everyone by walking the
blues…to my first professional gig a week later…to meeting up with Lanny
Ray many years and miles later…I feel like I have come full circle as a
I guess coming from a musical
family kind of rubbed off on me. My Dad was a musician and singer, my
Mom sang and my two brothers were born singing and playing.
My Brother Bobby was a huge
influence as it was during one of his weekly jam sessions that I first
picked up the bass while they were taking a break. My younger Brother
Angelo was also a huge influence later on in Los Angeles. ..
It wasn’t until five years
later when a Moose Lodge gig ended early that a new footstep appeared.
The drummer asked me if I wanted to join them at a nightclub to listen
to this great R&B band. I naturally said yes and when I walked into that
smoke filled club with gorgeous women all over the place dancing to a
ten piece integrated R&B band, my life changed forever. The band was
playing mostly James Brown hits and I was blown away wondering how long
this had been going on. I was focused on the electric bass and was in
awe fantasizing about how cool it would be to play bass guitar in a band
It turns out the leader and
trumpet player was a friend of my brother’s and he knew I played bass.
About a week later he called me and said his band was looking for a new
bass player and they were willing to work with me during the
transformation from stand-up bass to bass guitar. I couldn’t believe it
and felt like I was rejuvenated as a musician.
I started learning James
Brown bass lines right off the record and with a lot of help from
drummer Billy “the foot”, I improved at a rapid pace. The foundation
for my survival as a musician from Bridgeport Connecticut to Los Angeles
was now being built. The male singer from that band, Gary DeCarlo, went
on to record the eternal hit “Na Na Hey Hey”.
I did my first big time
concert tour with my Brother Angelo’s band opening for Sergio Mendez. We
made it to the prestigious stage at Lincoln Center while signed to
Atlantic Records. I was able to adapt to rock, pop and an eventual tour
with Anne Murray in the mid-seventies. It was a real thrill during one
of Anne’s TV specials and right up my alley to play the big hit
Driftaway with guest star Dobie Grey. Another thrill with Anne was
playing the Canadian Expo with members of the Toronto Symphony and then
the Troubadour back in LA with John Lennon and other celebs in the
Aside from countless jobs in
between the big gigs, I played with Phil Everly for a few years until he
rejoined his brother Don to put the Everly Brothers back in business.
I started playing a lot of
country gigs and met some great players but it wasn’t until my meeting
up with Lanny Ray at a blues club that my music career became
rejuvenated once again. My early blues back round was returning with a
“New Blues” approach.
Out of all the great guitar
players I had played with and I played with some great ones,
I had never played with a
great blues guitar player. That is until Lanny Ray. His playing along
with Dylan Sardo’s solid drums just kicks me into another gear .
feel the blues like never before. The Reels' first cd, BARE-BONE, was a
great accomplishment for the band . . . and now we're about to release
REELIN' . . . some of my best work to date . . . and another
great Reels album .