Music Biography

From the 1970s through the mid-1980s, I was a musician. After several years working as the drummer of a Grateful Dead/Allman Brothers-style band called ‘Better Smials’ that played in the Boston area, I began studying jazz percussion with the late great Berklee College of Music Professor and world-renowned drummer Alan Dawson. I then joined Warren Senders’ jazz ensemble ‘Antigravity’.

In the recording linked below, Antigravity — with group leader and chief composer Warren Senders on bass, Phil Scarff on tenor saxophone, Bob Pilkington on trombone, Doug Wood on guitar, and Gordon Hahn on drums — plays Senders’ original ‘Cherry’, Charles Mingus’s ‘Reincarnation of a Lovebird’, Senders original ‘Sita Sita’, and Senders original ‘Lovers Desire.’

The music begins after a brief introduction by the Boston area jazz institution, WBUR radio host Steve Ellman. The music was recorded circa 1981. The WBUR broadcast is from 3 January 1982.

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