Hi...and welcome.....I remember seeing the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show that night in February 1964 like most everyone else. After that,
all I did was bug my parents for a guitar. Early photos show me with his little plastic guitar smiling and pretending to
play it. Finally, on Christmas Day, 1969, my parents bought my first real guitar and a few months later, 6 years after
that Ed Sullivan Show, I began taking lessons. I learned the basics, and then delved into jazz and blues playing.
early influences were Terry Kath (the late guitarist for Chicago), George Benson and Eric Clapton. Years of jazz training
and improvisational playing landed me a gig playing in a Big Band (at the ripe old age of 16) doing hits from the 30's and 40's. This taught me about playing in a real band situation, where everyone relies on each other to make the music happen.
After bouncing through several rock bands in his teens, I attended Florida State University where I was in a few bands
playing the local college bars and parties. Upon my return to the Garden State, I organized several bands that had some
moderate success, but nothing major. In the mid to late 80's, I was seen frequently at many of the well known Jersey
band hangouts, like the Stone Pony, jamming with my friends from the Cruisers. I composed a slew of original jazz
pieces that have been circulated around the industry, but nothing caught on. ThenI received a call fromans old friend who needed a bass player in his new original band. This band played around for awhile, but, like most
bands, broke up. Later we would reunite for another try at an original band, which met the same fate.
Now I perform in an acoustic duo called Two Guitars (http://members.1stconnect.com/tonys
) with this same guy from high school. And also jam with some friends from work.
Still playing after all these years...and loving it!!!!