I started playing classical piano when I was 6. In early adolescence I switched from playing classical to jazz, influenced by a hip cousin and a family friend who had a great jazz collection. For most of my life, I’ve played and performed jazz as much as a busy life as a physician, father, and husband permitted. I retired from my internal medicine practice at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation at the beginning of 2022. In retirement, I’m making music a bigger part of my life.
Over the years, I’ve had the privilege of studying with Charlie Mariano, Ray Santisi, Conrad Herwig, George Cables, Jeff Hamilton, Terrell Stafford, Wycliffe Gordon, Geoffrey Keezer, Don Haas, Anton Schwartz, Smith Dobson, and Peter Horvath.
I perform in a variety of venues, both jazz and Brazilian repertoires, as a soloist and in small groups.
I believe in the healing power of music, and so I also perform for groups who can’t easily get to performance spaces-people confined to hospitals, nursing homes, and senior living centers. Some of this work is as a volunteer musician with the Bay Area's Bread and Roses.
I also donate music to do good, by performing in support of organizations seeking to improve our communities or the world. I’ve undertaken fundraising concerts for:
3rd Act (focusing on climate change)
The Center for Reproductive Rights
Giffords (working on gun control)
I've recorded 3 CDs of solo piano:
A Controlled Burn
Cabin in the Woods
Skipping Songs and Sentimental Journeys