- CONNIE CROTHERS: jazz improvising...1/80 to present...(Student and teaching associate of Lennie Tristano, master jazz musician and teacher; recordings and appearances include solo, duo w/ Jazz Drummer Max Roach, trio and quartet). My life as an artist began when I started studying with her; she is my most important musical influence, one of the greatest people I have ever met, and a dear friend!
- JOE ALLARD: saxophone, clarinet...9/79 to 6/83...(professor of saxophone and clarinet at the New England Conservatory, Manhattan School of Music, and Julliard; performance. w/ NBC Symphony Orchestra under the direction of Toscanini).
- HAROLD BENNETT: flute...1/80 to 6/81...(professor of flute at MSM and Julliard; performance w/ the Metropolitan Opera)
- ROBERT DICK: flute, extended techniques...8/78 to 8/79 ( author, "The Other Flute", recording artist and performer)
- DR. ROBERT MOLS: flute...8/77 to 8/78...(prof. of flute at SUNYAB, author,
'Music for Two Flutes")
- JOHN SEDOLA: saxophone, flute, clarinet...9/75 to 6/78 (private teacher to many from Buffalo. area incl. Don Menza, (w/ Buddy Rich), Bobby Militello (w/ Maynard Ferguson and Dave Brubeck), et. al; studies w/ Simeon Bellison)
- RUSSELL MESSINA: music theory (4-part harmony), jazz theory,...1/76 to 6/78 (piano, theory, and accordion teacher whose students include Don Menza, Tom Schuman (w/ Spyro Gyra); student and assoc. of Gordon Delamont (Canadian theorist, author, and teacher)
- JAMES PYNE: clarinet...9/77 to 6/78...(1sr clarinet w/ Buffalo. Phil.; prof. of clarinet at SUNYAB; mouthpiece. maker)
- DR. RAY RICKER: jazz theory, jazz pedagogy...9/75 to 6/77...(Prof. of Woodwinds, jazz improvisation. at Eastman; author; performer)
- DR. M. NASCIMBEN: saxophone...9/78 to 8/79...(prof. of sax at SUNYAB and former member Amherst Saxophone Quartet)
- ALICE ROZAN: voice...1/78 to 6/78..(private teacher in Buffalo)
- HALL OVERTON: jazz piano, theory...9/70 to 12/70..(former teacher of theory at Julliard; composer; arranger for Thelonious Monk at Town Hall Concert; pianist)
- LEE KONITZ: jazz improvising, sax...6/70 to 1/72...(one time student and band member of Tristano; well-known jazz saxophonist)
- The New School for Social Research...ARP Synthesizer..9/70 to 6/71
- Berklee College of Music...9/72 to 12/72
- Empire State College (SUNY)...7/75 to 6/77
- CUNY-802 Program...9/80 to 6/81
- accepted at Manhattan School of Music (declined enrolling) 6/81
I have tried many things in my search for my art. I was never happy at institutions; I feel the scene there is antithetical to art by its' very nature. Grades, time constraints [semesters], as well as classrooms, all serve to separate the artist from their art.
I have studied with many teachers privately since high school. They have all showed me something. Unfortunately, what they usually showed me did not get me in touch with my art. My life as an artist began January 1980 when I began studying with Connie Crothers.
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