What do you find to be the most challenging aspect of recording a new album?
I would have to say what I find most challenging is getting the right sound of the instruments, specifically my guitars.
Who are some of your current favorite artists, Smooth Jazz or otherwise?
I enjoy so many but I would have to say the ones that first come to mind are The Pat Matheny group, the Rippingtons, Chic Corea, Al Jarreau, Stevie Wonder, Steely Dan and Chicago.
What are you most proud of at this point in your life and career?
In my life, I’m actually most proud of my children and the life I’ve been fortunate enough to give them. As far as my career I would have to say it would be the reintroduction of myself back into the music business.
What would be the most important piece of advice you’d impart to a young musician just starting out in the jazz/smooth jazz arena?
I would tell them “there’s no easy road, the easy road is crowed”. Practice, practice, practice and play when you can as much as you can. Stay positive and don’t be discouraged. Just keep creating and don’t be afraid to push the limits of your instrument.
Going back in your life as far as you can remember, what song or performance is the first you recall hearing and being affected by?
I would have to say it was the “Kinks” the song “You really got me”. (I think I’m showing my age here.)
If you were magically allowed to spend an hour with whomever you chose in history… alive or dead… and really be able to get inside their head, who would that be?
Without question, it would be Johann Sebastian Bach.