I grew up in the 60’s listening to all the rock bands of the time. The Doors, Jimmy Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, etc… I was always attracted to vocalists who had that deep soul that translated through their music .
When I heard Gregg Allman for the first time I was blown away by him and how he did it so effortlessly… what a gift! I had my first gig at 10 years old at a talent show and was hooked on live performance ever since . I sang with TKO, Skyline Orchestras, That 70’s Band, Uppercut, Been There Done That and now Seven Turns. Long live rock and roll … rock on!
A veteran of the Long Island live music scene I have played in many local bands over the years including The Great Red Shark, Planet Soul, Freebird, Trouble No More, Mountain Jam Orchestra and Shroeders Ghost, to name a few. I received a music degree from Five Towns college and have also taught music. One of my first and strongest influences was the Allman Brothers Band. I always had an ear for jazz and R&B. Hearing the Allmans as a youngster was a perfect introduction to a whole world of music as I heard many of those musical elements I loved. Gregg’s Hammond organ playing, Chuck Leavell’s piano playing and southern rock in general all had a huge influence on me and what direction I took musically. I am so looking forward to this new chapter in my journey playing keys for the incredible Seven Turns band recreating the music that was the “gateway drug” that led me to all of the great music I’ve loved and still love!
I first picked up a guitar late in 1972, six months after seeing Led Zeppelin at the Nassau Coliseum. Listening to Jimmy Page live is what first inspired me to learn to play. Other guitarists I was influenced by in the seventies include Brian May, Ritchie Blackmore, Johnny Winter as well as Duane Allman and Dickey Betts. In later years I discovered great players like Peter Green and Mike Bloomfield and my passion for the Allman Brothers Band grew tremendously as well. Seven Turns gives me the opportunity to explore the dual lead guitar harmonies that made ABB famous!… I also have a passion for the tools of the trade. I enjoy buying and selling guitars, amps, speakers, etc. and with this band I try my best to capture the tone and feel of the originals… Peace!
We started SevenTurns Allman Brothers Tribute Band in 2000. I can’t believe that much time has passed! I am so grateful for that and for my awesome bandmates. I absolutely love playing guitar in Seven Turns and being able to interact and improvise with such enthusiastic and soulful musicians.
I started teaching myself guitar during my last year of High School in 1979 during Southern Rock’s “peak”. Back then, those bands from the south could fill arenas like the Nassau Coliseum and Madison Square Garden. I would play along with my vinyl LPs of The Allman Brothers Band, Dickey Betts & Great Southern, The Marshall Tucker Band, The Charlie Daniels Band, and The Outlaws.
All of these bands influence my playing, but my biggest inspiration is Dickey Betts. For me, there’s nothing better than Dickey’s ramblin’ western-swing/bluegrass-fiddle approach to the guitar. The first time I heard ‘Jessica’, I was hooked.
And with slide guitar, the day I heard One Way Out being played on my older brother’s turntable, I just thought that was the coolest sound ever. It was way before I even knew what a “riff” was or what Coricidan slide bottle was.
My latest favorite bands are: Tedeschi Trucks Band, any band with Alison Krauss and/or Jerry Douglas in it, any band with Mark Knopfler in it. I am also a huge fan of these talents: The Beatles, Dire Straits, Eric Clapton, Larry Carlton, Santana, Grateful Dead The Kings: BB, Freddie, and Albert, Dixie Dregs, Eric Johnson, Miles, Coltrane…too many to list!
My favorite tribute band is The Fab Faux.
As far back as I can remember, the sound of a Les Paul played through a tube amp did something for me. I picked up the guitar when I was about fourteen. My taste in music ranged from Zeppelin, Aerosmith, and The Eagles to The Allmans, Skynyrd and Tucker. Although I love most guitar oriented music, I’ve always been a sucker for good ol’ blues based classic rock. In the 80’s I played with an all-originals rock band called the Craze. In the 90’s I hooked up with a classic rock cover band called Wrek. I hooked up with Frank soon after that. He had a vision of a band that would play mainly Allman Brothers tunes, one thing led to another and all the peices came together. It’s been a real treat!
I started studying guitar when I was 14 with a jazz fanatic who teaches now at Five Towns college named Pete Rogine. He turned me on to jazz greats like Wes Montgomery, Grant Green, Kenny Burelle, Joe Pass, Bucky Pizzarelli and blues artists like Albert King and BB King. Although I love Clapton, Hendrix, Santana, Jimmy Page and all the guitar greats of the 60’s and 70’s, no performers appeal to my jazz tastes in combination with blues, rock and country the way the Allman Brothers Band does. I was enraptured by the arrangements they put together since the first time I heard them and have always aspired to play in a band that could emulate their style.
I picked up the bass guitar when reggae became popular in the early 70’s and enjoyed it so much I never put it down. There always seemed to be too many guitar players and not enough good bass players. Which brings me to Seven Turns today. Performing music I’ve always loved with friends I’ve known for too many years to count is a nice place to be. I enjoy trying to be true to the original sound and style of Berry Oakley and the other bassists who’ve followed over the years while injecting some of my own improvisations here and there. May the road go on forever.
The music that moves me is of the STRAIGHT AHEAD JAZZ and BLUES variety. My favorite jazz drummers playing today: Brian Blade, Billy Martin, Herlin Riley, Stanton Moore, Lewis Nash, Gregory Hutchinson and Bill Stewart. Rock drummers who’ve influenced me over the years: Ringo, Dino Danelli, Bonham, Jim Capaldi, Stewart Copeland, Steve Jordan and Jim Keltner. Favorite drummers who rock and play jazz: Steve Gadd, Billy Cobham and Bill Bruford.
Blues harp players who play(ed) like I’d like to play: Little Walter, James Cotton, John Mayall, Paul Butterfield, John Hammond, William Clarke and Billy Branch.
Early Seventies: Played drums in L.I. Blues-rock Bands ‘Crutch’ and ‘Abbey Grange’
Early Eighties: Played percussion in the unplugged ‘Dream City Rhythm’
Nineties: Played blues harp and percussion in ‘The Hideaway Blues Band’
Last Musical Project before ‘Seven Turns’: Founded and played drums in the band ‘Jazzmix’
I was born and raised in Huntington NY and have been drumming since the age of ten. I briefly studied with Long Island’s own Jeff Indyke and Bobby Rondinelli in the 1980’s, but other than that I’m mostly self-taught.
My musical influences have come from bands such as the Allman Brothers, Led Zeppelin, Cream, Santana, Mountain, Rush and Grand Funk Railroad. I have been performing since the age of 15 and bring all my musical experiences and influences to any project I’m involved in.
When I am drumming on stage with Seven Turns I revel in the opportunity to respectfully pay tribute to the Allman Brothers Band’s southern rock-blues-jazz-country live performances that have been part of all of our lives for decades.