at Madigan General Hospital in Fort Lewis, Washington. Due
to his father's tenure with the U.S. Army, Al has been afforded the
opportunity to travel around the world and acquire a rich musical
history! At an early age in
Indianapolis, Indiana, he began his formal training through piano
lessons and the rest is history. After his father retired in 1984 from
the JAG Corps in Fort Lee, Virginia, he moved with his parents to sunny
West Palm Beach, Florida where he quickly became one of the top fusion
and studio players in the city. Throughout
his musical career, he's participated in performances from local rock
bands to national jazz ensembles.
has provided musical support for varied situations - local studio work,
jingles, original bands, churches, etc. He
can be seen in many different venues across the United States and has
been recently been seen sharing the stage with Chuck Loeb, Kim Waters,
Alex Bugnon, Marion Meadows and many others.
He currently has been touring with Smooth Jazz violinist Noel
the majority, Al has been playing Jazz and Gospel sprinkled with other
genres although he enjoys playing and listening to all types of music (especially
Electronic!). Al has been
strongly influenced by Ahmad Jamal, Alex Bugnon, Ramsey Lewis, Bob
James, George Duke, Russell Ferrante (Yellowjackets), Joe Sample and
Herbie Hancock in his keyboard performances. He
states that the band that influenced him the most while growing up was
ELO (Electric Light Orchestra).
motto: "When I play, I don't like to overdo anything. I try to keep
it simple, legible and let the music guide the moment."
attributes all of his success to God and the people who have been close
to him and have supported his career, especially his family. His
experience and talent keep him constantly in demand.