I started playing music at a very young age, playing old time music on mandolin and banjo while (literally) sitting on my grandfathers knee. Later, when I got my first guitar I started playing rock 'n' roll and was exposed to all of the exciting jazz- rock and fusion groups of the 70's. Later still, I studied jazz at the college level during the 90's as a 30-year old who could barely read a note. My take on jazz is alot less fundamentalist and neo-traditionalist then what I was exposed to in college. I am not afraid of the term 'fusion.' I try to bring the musical sensiblities and musianship of the jazz greats to the interpretation of music that I grew up with. I decided a long time ago that it was silly to limit myself by imposing some sort of 'standard' of what constitutes 'real' or 'authentic' jazz on the music I am exploring. I consider it my duty as a jazz musician to push boundaries. I hope you agree.