- Began playing bass at 12
- Surfing career interrupted due to too much practicing
- Began playing upright after hearing Chick Corea’s LIGHT AS A FEATHER.
- Began playing fretless at 14 after running over fretted bass with Toyota.
- Heard Jaco and Stanley and began practicing 12 hours per day.
- Got full scholarship to North Texas State Univ. Played lots of Upright.
- Got full scholarship to Univ. of Miami. Played lots of electric. Lots of gigs(see below).
- Surfed a lot.
- Joined Paquito D’Rivera’s band and moved to NY. Saw the world. Did not Surf Then.
- Joined Dizzy Gillespie’s band in 1983. Saw more of the world and surfed a bit. And Played Lots of gigs. (see below)
- Moved to Los Angeles In 1985. Surfed too Much and Played LOTS AND LOTS of gigs. (see below)
- Formed BASS EXTREMES with Victor Wooten in 1993
Recorded and/or toured with…
- Beboppers such as Dizzy, James Moody, Lew Tabackin, Dave Leibman……etc
- Latin Jazzers such as Paquito. Claudio Roditti, Michel Camilo…… etc
- Smooth Jazzers such as the Rippingtons, David Benoit, Kilauea…..etc
- Rockers such as Jethro Tull, Skynyrd, Jon Anderson (YES)…etc
- Country guys such as Willie Nelson, Ray Price, Billy Joe Shaver….etc
- Fusioners such as Larry Carlton, Emily Remler, Brandon Fields….etc
- New agers such as Kitaro, Max Highstein, T Lavitz…..etc
- Bluesers such as Tab Benoit, Johnny Witherspoon, Toni Price….etc
- Jazz singers such as Mel Torme, Ernestine Anderson, Mark Murphy…etc
- Fellow Bassists such as Victor Wooten, John Patitucci, Billy Sheehan…etc
Stuff I am Proud of….
BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR runner-up 1994 and 1996….2 solo cd’s DICHOTOMY and EVOLUTION……new Bass Extremes cd JUST ADD WATER…..I can play a 13th chord in tune on a 6 string fretless bass..Won the last two surfing contests and Tennis tournaments that I entered…. I choose to live in Myrtle Beach SC!
Faculty at Bass Institute of Technology 10 years…Artist In-Residence @ Coastal Carolina University….Advisory board and columnist for Bass Player Mag…Faculty for NGSW… Solo Bassist and clinician worlwide…Books include Steve Bailey Bass Series, …cont.. Bass Extremes :the book.. Videos include Advanced Bassix, Fretless Bass, The Day Bass Players Took over the World, and BASS EXTREMES.
Warwick, BassLines p-ups, D’addario Strings
Latest fun projects….
A year long tour with the Victor Wooten Band (4 Bass Players/2 Drummers/and a Singer)….Bass Chair at Berklee…in BOSTON!!(Brrrr)…. LOTS of Warwick events…. and clinician worldwide…Books include Steve Bailey Bass Series, Bass Extremes :the book. Videos include Advanced Bassix and clinician worldwide…