New Album Release: “Mr. Kool”
I had my first piano lesson in January, 1960, and I studied classical piano with a number of teachers, including Mildred Victor, a pupil of Artur Schnabel. I also took piano lessons in the Prep Department at the Eastman School of Music, in Rochester, New York, continuing my piano studies until about a year or so after graduating from college.
When I first heard the Beatles and the Stones, I decided I needed to play electric guitar. In early 1966, I got a Silvertone electric guitar and a Silvertone amp. I bought a chord book and taught myself how to play by listening to my favorite records endlessly. Drove my parents crazy!
I played in bands all through high school and college. In 1969, I played guitar with Son House, the famous blues guitarist. He was living in Rochester, NY, at the time. Son House wanted me and my band mates to accompany him to Chicago to play the blues. My parents put a stop to that plan immediately! I think that was a wise move. At that point in my life, I think I’d have gone wild if I had been immersed in the world of blues in Chicago!
From 1970-1974. I was a member of Cradle, an originals band in New England. We wrote and recorded some good songs, but we never got the big break we hoped for, so we went our separate ways. I decided to become an attorney, and I practiced law for a long time.
I never stopped making music. I played in numerous bands over the years, and I continued to play classical music on the piano. In 2013, I decided to focus on music again on a full time basis, and my first album, Summer’s Gone (2016), was the result. Subsequently, I have released a total of three additional albums and four singles as well. I hope that you will check out my other albums: Metamorphosis (2017) and Breezy Day (2018).
My latest release is entitled Mr. Kool (2020). It’s an all-instrumental album. It’s very jazzy, but with a few rock influences here and there. In general, I have moved more and more toward jazz-oriented music, while still incorporating other influences. I hope that you will enjoy my music!
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It looks beautiful. Well done.
Son House! Wow! Awesome!
Hi Jim, Thank you for your CD. I listen to little recorded music these days but will hear yours over time. Please be patient.
heard your “A Rainy Vibe in Georgia” on SmoothJazz.com. Superb. Made me feel relaxed.