Grew up in a very musical family. Father was a member of the Duke Ellington Band. I learned about jazz from my mother, aunts, uncles, and grandmother who taught me how to play guitar. Early on I realized I had an exceptional ear for sound and studied acoustics and music theory at NBC broadcast school in NYC. Many days and nights were spent listening to bands play at venues like Blue Note, Village Vanguard, and the Village Gate, Filmore East, The Dome, free concerts at Central Park and the totally out of control Paradise Garage.
After a short stop at Jimmy Hendricks Electric Lady studio where I learned how to mic instruments and singers I offered my services free of charge and spent two weeks in August at a farm in Bethel New York, doing whatever was asked. In the spring of 1971 I received a scholarship to study at Yale Conservatory but after one semester left to tour with the Who Because it made sense at the time.
There is a lot more but suffice to say I love music and gave that love to my three children.