was born and raised in New York. When I was nine years
old, I started classical flute lessons. At thirteen,
I began singing and playing folk-style guitar and quickly
became involved with the blues. I
learned by listening to records of Lightning’ Hopkins,
Robert Johnson, Dave Van Ronk, Ma Rainy, Bessie Smith,
etc. “The Village” in New York, at that
time, was a mecca of folk and blues. When I was 16,
I started singing and playing at Open Stage Nights
at Gerdie’s Folk City, Gaslight, Village Vanguard.
This experience of watching, jamming, and exchanging
ideas with other musicians was an integral part of
my musical education and my love of the process of
The blues led me to discover jazz.
At the University of Buffalo, where I majored in music
and painting, I continued performing the blues with
my guitar and voice but also became involved with studying
flute and piano in the jazz idiom. I attended workshops
and classes led by Ron Carter, Paul Chambers, Archie
Shepp, Charles Gayle, Jackie MacClean and Charlie Kyle.
I graduated with a BA Fine Arts in 1970.
I moved to British Colombia in 1970. Between 1970
and 1989, I performed in Vancouver area venues (Le
Chat Noir, Classical Joint, The Eagress, Nucleus, Oil
Can Harry’s, UBC, Vancouver Art Gallery, Vancouver
East Cultural Centre, CBC Jazz Radio Canada, CFRO,
Simon Fraser pub and SFU Theatre, and many more) as
a single act as well as with various
groups: Al Neil’s Jazz Probe (1971-2)
avant-guard jazz, playing flute and saxophone; Annie
Siegel and the HP Kids (1972-77) swing & blues,
flute and vocals; Nightshade (1977-1982)
R&B piano and vocals; and other freelance jazz
In 1981, I received my Associate in Arts & Science/
Commercial Music Capilano College,
North Vancouver, B.C. I studied piano with Al Wold
and flute with Tom Keenliside.
In 1989 I moved to Denman Island, a small Gulf Island
off the east coast of Vancouver Island. Since then,
I have been performing regularly in the Courtenay-Campbell
River area and on the Gulf Islands with the Annie
Siegel Trio as well as solo, duo and ensemble
You can catch me every Friday night at the
Hornby Island Resort Thatch Pub with Tony
Wilson, Nick McGowan, Dana Inglis and Darryl Bohn. We've been playing jazz every week
at this venue for more than 20 years now! We also have some exciting guest musicians, including Marc
Atkinson, who sits in with us regularly. Our
CD, "Live at the Thatch" was
released July 2007 and is available through me at email@example.com or
at various local venues including the Thatch Pub.
"Back In Blue", my CD released
in 2008, is a retrospective and includes the various styles
of jazz and blues that I have performed over 30 years.
Players include the musicians from my Thatch Pub band
as well as Pat Coleman, Ken Lister and Bob Grant.
"Last Days of the Wild West" was released in April 2010 by Tony Wilson, Dana Inglis, Annie Siegel and Darryl Bohn. It features original music written by Tony Wilson, and creative arrangements of old traditional tunes like Shennandoah, Danny Boy, Barbara Allen & Skye Boat Song. Buy it online at CDBaby.com, or find it at the Thatch Pub on Hornby Island, plus other local outlets. More info.
For more information, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo credit: Ed Robertson