AKA... Vito Scolari
I was lucky. I was brought up in a home that always included music. From my parents I learned to love American folk music; from the archives of Alan Lomax to the Weaver's, Pete Seeger, and Woody Guthrie. From my mother I learned to love the most peculiarly original American music that there is, Broadway Musicals. Think what you will. My parents also encouraged me to learn to play an instrument. I made abortive attempts to learn the clarinet, piano, and finally guitar. I lacked the perseverance to stick with it until I didn't suck any more. I was finally motivated when I saw how popular and respected some friends of mine were because they played the guitar. They weren’t very good but it gave them “street cred” if you will. I knew I couldn’t suck any more than they did. I've been playing ever since, about 42 years or so. I came to the bass about eleven years ago and quite by accident. Tery and Steve had a band that was suddenly missing a bass player, so I figured I could do it. (A short story made shorter.)
Berkeley, 1976. Man, THOSE were the days!
My musical influences include; Elmore James, Chuck Berry, The Beatles, Cream, Jimi Hendrix, Jack Cassidy, Jack Bruce, Pete Townshend and John Entwistle. My bass playing influences are; Paul McCartney, John Entwistle, Jack Cassidy, , John Paul Jones, and Flea. I have a particular weakness for guitar centered psychedelic music and Ethel Merman.
For what it’s worth, I play a Peavey Cirrus 5 string bass with flat wound strings, through Gallien-Krueger mb2 500 and a SWR 2 x 10 cabinet
Work hard, play loud. Jazz sucks. Ethel Merman rocks!