Photo by Zoë Gemelli

Photo by Zoë Gemelli

I’ve been playing the drums since the spring of 1980. I got my first set of Westbury’s just shy of my tenth birthday. My Dad helped me set them up in the basement and showed me how to play my first ever beat: the intro to the reprise of Sgt. Pepper by the Beatles. From then on I was hooked.

I started gigging around the Toronto scene in a punk/hardcore band during my mid-teens called Death of Gods (D.O.G. – ’twas cool then for bands to have acronym names) in which I got my first taste of playing gigs in and out of town and recording in a proper studio.

I drifted in and out of a few crossover/metal bands during the late 80s and became interested in jazz fusion, which eventually piqued my interest in be-bop and post-bop. I then decided it was high time to get serious about taking some lessons and practicing more than just Dave Lombardo licks on the double bass drum pedal.

I was fortunate enough to be introduced to a great man and brilliant teacher named Jim Blackley, with whom I studied with for two-and-a-half years. Mr. Blackley really opened up my thinking, hearing and playing with regards to drumming and music, as well as introducing me to some philosophical and spiritual approaches to the overall big picture.

While I was becoming more serious about my jazz playing, I found myself splitting time between rock bands and jazz workshops, which lead to playing jazz gigs with various local groups and bandleaders.

Over the years I have been fortunate enough to share the stage and/or studio with some brilliant musicians such as Kevin Breit, Danny Greenspoon, Maury Lafoy, Gary Breit, George Koller, Richard Underhill, Clay Tyson, Chris Gartner, Mike Lewis, Ron Davis, Rob Thaller, Wayne Cass, Tanya Tagaq Gillis, Marc Nadjiwan, Andrew Aldridge, James Clark, Tim Martin, Artie Roth, and Michael Bates.