View from my chair at the Hollywood Bowl, August 2012: Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Carlos Santana, Marcus Miller, Zakir Hussein and me: the "Concert for Peace"

View from my chair at the Hollywood Bowl, August 2012: Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter, Carlos Santana, Marcus Miller, Zakir Hussein and me: the Concert for Peace



  • 4x Grammy-winning musician/producer
  • 2014 Emmy-winning television composer
  • Studio musician on CDs selling more than 50 million copies
  • Played on tour and/or recorded with the Brecker Brothers, David Sanborn, Carlos Santana, Herbie Hancock, Chaka Khan, Celine Dion…
  • Lessons published in Keyboard Magazine
  • Instructor/clinician in more than 20 countries around the world
  • Creator of the iOS Play-Along app BURN

I am available for Skype lessons from anywhere around the world! Over the 20 years I’ve been teaching, I’ve developed a very focussed system to teaching improvised music that gets my students playing great as quickly as possible. Whether you’re just starting to improvise, well on your way, or are an advanced student, my approach is to help you get on the wave and surfing with a great set of tools, having as much FUN with the process as possible. My lessons feature comprehensive PDF downloads illustrating all the concepts and a huge library of play-along tracks that are a blast to play with, tied to the material in the lessons. Practicing our material over a grooving track makes the “work” much more like play! I teach improvisation on ALL INSTRUMENTS (I learned much of what I play from a saxophonist, Jerry Bergonzi in Boston, for example) and these principles and ideas are universal and suited for any instrument.

Skype lessons are offered for an hour each, either “a la carte”, once a week, or once every 2 weeks.

In addition, if you’re planning on recording a CD, or are working on one already, I’m happy to consult and mentor your process, putting 25 years of production and mixing wisdom and experience at your disposal to help you produce a really great work in every dimension. You can also contact me about producing your disc using the “CONTACT” button below

Check the links below for more information on the lessons, on me, the music I make, and video of me playing in various contexts:

My Teaching Approach

My Resume



“Brecker Bros. Reunion Band” live at the Blue Note, New York, 2012. Randy Brecker, Mike Stern (Miles Davis), Will Lee (Late Night with David Letterman), Dave Weckl (Chick Corea, Paul Simon), Ada Rovatti and me. Keys solo at about 10:30. I mixed this one as well…

My trio, “Third Rail” on tour in Europe, December 2013. This performance is available on our live CD “IGNITION: Live Across Europe”

Third Rail live in Cologne, Germany, playing my tune “Do A Little Dance”; a melody your grandma can whistle, but this tune is HARD.

Classic burnout with Chris Minh Doky’s Nomads, filmed in a great hall in Copenhagen, Denmark, 2012

Great performance by Ida Corr on a tune that we ran through once at soundcheck and then played. Killer BG vocalists, to boot!