I grew up in Rochester, N.Y., remedied that by joining the Army and moving to Berlin in 1983, where I’ve been living and playing (sometimes it’s work) ever since.
Things got off to a good start for me. After getting out of the army in 1985, I started playing in many of the clubs, studios and theaters here in Berlin. A comprehensive list might get a little long but here are some of the people I’ve played/am playing with and/or for:
Jocelyn B. Smith Harald Juhnke Kai Rautenberg Barbara Schöneberger
Die Berliner Jazzanova Roland Kaiser Marc Secara
Disco Inferno (Still going strong after over 20 years) Savoy Dance Orchestra
Udo Jürgens Udo Lindenberg Söhne Mannheims
My favorite club in the world and my home away from home is the Quasimodo in Berlin. Even if I’m not playing there, check it out, there’s always something cookin’.
I’ve played more musicals than I can count, most of them at the Theater des Westens, an absolute highlight being “Dream Girls” under the direction of Marc Falcone.
Highlights of late have been recording the soundtracks to:
Marvel’s “Falcon and the Winter Soldier”
Penny Dreadful, “City of Angels”
I’m also the orchestra manager for Scoring Berlin
Presently I play:
Van Laar B9.2 Bb, Bach 72 MLV Bb (1972) Trumpets
Van Laar B2 Flügelhorn (Bob Reeves 40 Fl.)
Modified* Schilke P5-4 Piccolo Trumpet
King Master Model Bb Cornet (in the family since 1936)
Selmer Eb Trumpet
All repair and custom work is trusted to the very capable hands of *Jake Kline at:
“Some days you get up and put the horn to your chops and it sounds pretty good and you win. Some days you try and nothing works and the horn wins. This goes on and on and then you die and the horn wins.” -Dizzy Gillespie-
Artwork by Pete Wilcox