Michael Mike was one of my early jazz mentors in the late 70's and early 80's. Always a gifted guitarist, he's grown into a composer of incredible, cutting edge jazz.
Nicole I've known and gigged with Nicole for almost 25 years. She is not only an incredible singer and talented songwriter, she is just one incredible human being (and a great little sister!)
Ralph Ralph is one of the most sought after and critically acclaimed tenor players in jazz today. I've had the pleasure and honor of working with him many times over the years. Playing with Ralphy is always an education!
 Jeff I've known Jeff for over 30 years now and have the pleasure of working with him in duo settings. Besides being a virtuoso on the bass, Jeff is an acclaimed writer and arranger of Latin and Afro Cuban charts, and is as well known in Cuban jazz scene as he is here in the northeast! Before I met Billy, I had gigged (as a guitarist) with his Dad on a few club dates. I think Billy was 18 when our paths crossed and we've been good friends and band mates ever since. Bill plays with a passion and lyricism inherited from both his Dad and his equally talented Mom, vocalist Rainey Day. John & I go back to 1974 when we met in Sonny Costanzo's music program at Housatonic CC. We've been friends ever since and have played hundreds of gigs together over the years. John is one of the most versatile and sought after bassists working in Southern New England. A great player and a great cat! Ben is a gifted young drummer whom I have the pleasure of working with quite often. He's also a very good flyfisherman and fly tier and I enjoy my time on the water with him equally as much! John Avellani is a wonderful pianist, a gifted singer and an all around great cat! Wish I had voice like his!
 krisjenseneklektik  Kris Jensen is a relative new arrival to CT, but man are we glad he landed here. This former protege of saxophone giant, Jackie McLean, Kris is one of the smokinist tenor guys in these parts.  Paul is one of my oldest and dearest friends. I think I was 17 when I hooked up with him with Fancy which later became the Scratch Band. Paul is one of the greatest rock/blues/R&B bassists out there today. Christine is another of my oldest and dearest. She was bandmate with Paul and me in Fancy and then the Scratch Band. For the past 19 years, she has been the featured vocalist with the SNL band and gigs and records with he band, Rebel Montez. Dr. Thomas "Doc" Cavalier was one of my early mentors and manager and producer of Fancy & The Scratch Band. He is a legend in the Connecticut music industry and had a profound affect on my life, as well of hundreds of other artists who had the priviledge of knowing and working with him. Among many other accomplishments, Andrew Loog Oldham was the original manager of the Beatles and producer of the Rolling Stones first 7 albums. I had the honor of working with Andrew on numerous recording sessions as a teenage rock guitarist. His autobiographical "Stoned" and "2 Stoned" are must reads for anyone of that era. He maintained a close friendship and working realtionship with Doc for 35 years. Excerpts from Andrew's Sirius Radio programs about Doc and the Connecticut music scene in the 70's may be heard by clicking HERE. I was just starting out on guitar in the mid-60's when the Wild Weeds broke into the national Top 40 with their hit single "No Good to Cry". Their keyboardist, Ray Zeiner, was the most soulful white guy, both on vocals and Hammond B3, I had ever heard. He might have been the first cat to play multiple keyboards (first a Wurlitzer electric and later a Hohner Clavinet topped the B3). I later had the honor of working with him. A superb R&B artist, and diehard Basie fan, Ray had a tremendous impact on my muscial thinking. And now, in our advancing years, we're trout and salmon fishing buddies! Check out this, one of Connecticut's greatest and most soulful R&B groups of all time!
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