1988-2002: Mus Dir/Pianist for Yma Sumac and Herb Jeffries, for concerts, recordings, radio, TV: prepare
music, put together ensembles, arrange, rehearse, and conduct.
1976-2014: Free-Lance Mus. Dir. and/or Pianist, Bandleader, Accompanist, Vocal Coach. Session Producer-Arranger-Keyboardist, for singers. Clients included: Barbara McNair, Bill Farrell, Marilyn King, H.B. Barnum, Ink Spots
2014: Founder-Director “Wholy Cow”
Comedy and Music Improv. & Rep. Company.
2002: Partner with Leo Savalas for film score projects.
1955-57: Piano and Sax aboard USS Pocono, Admiral’s Flagship for Atlantic Fleet.
1952-2014: Positions as Leader or Sideman, Single, Combo, Big Band
Jazz, Pop, Classical, Blues, Broadway, R & B, Country
Nightclubs, Vegas, Concerts, Radio, TV, Recording, Theater, Special Events, Schools,
Colleges, Charities, and Churches
Pianist/Musical Director for Musicals: “Gone With the River Queen” - “Mum’s The Word” -
“Ode To A Bit Player”
Venues and Events:
Montreal Jazz Festival . Catalina’s . Cinegrill . House Of Blues . Micelli's . Troubador . Bel Air Hotel . Dozens of Radio and T.V. Shows Including NPR and KCET
Singers: Herb Jeffries, Al Jarreau, Yma Sumac, “Scatman” Crothers, Anita O’Day, Eddie Jefferson, Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson, Linda Hopkins, Issac Hayes, Paula Kelly, Barbara McNair, Julie Esposito, Phil Crosby Jr, Nomi Cater (Nominjin Singer), Brian Evans, Monica Peterson, Bill Farrell, Art Lund, Alan Jones, Ernie Banks, Dahl Scott
Drums: Alphonse Mouzon, Roy McCurdy, Donald Dean, Clarence Johnston, Frank Wilson, Earl Palmer, Rusty Jones, Harold Acey, Billy Paul, Barrett Deems, George Edward, Tom Brechtlin, Cozy Cole
Bass: Henry Franklin, Andy Simpkins, John Heard, ‘Senator’ Eugene Wright, Louie Spears,Walter Booker, Larry Gray, Rufus Reed, Putter Smith, Vernon Martin, Tom Warrington, Bill Marcus, ‘Red’ Mitchell, Richard Simon, Leslie Baker, Michael Saucier, Chuck Domonico, Harvey Newmark, Al McKibbon
Guitar: Doug McDonald, Barry Zweig, Ron Anthony, Skip Heller, Billy Rogers,
Sax: Azar Lawrence, John Klemmer, Teddy Edwards, Bennie Maupin, David Sanborn, Zane Musa, Von Freeman, Med Flory
Groups/Bands: Four Lads, Mills Bros., H B Barnum, Ray McKinley (Glenn Miller Band), Ralph Marterie, Jimmy Allen ‘Brass Works’, Ink Spots, Coasters, Drifters, Olympics, Little Eva
Dancers: Chester Whitmore, Arthur Duncan, Gene Bell, Donald O’Connor, Suzanne Verdall
Misc: EdWing Sankey (Zither), ‘In The Nick Of Time’ (digeridoo), Kufee (digeridoo), Christo Pellani (Percussion), “Wolfman” Jack (M.C.)
2000: “Who’s Who In America" Millennium Edition
1998: “Who’s Who in The American West”
1988: "Angel Victory" Award
1984: Commendation from City of Los Angeles as Mus. Dir. of Musical at L.A. City College
(Olympic “Fringe Event”)
1985: Iron Eyes Cody “Peace Medal” Humanitarium Award
1978: 1st Composers Award from Matinee Musical Club
5 from Hollywood Opera Club under Mme Katherine Etienne-’78,’81,’87,’91,’94.
5 from So. Cal. Motion Pic. Council’80,’85,’89,’92,’96. -- 3 from Film League-’81,’87,’91
1955: U.S. Navy School of Music, Washington D.C.
1962: B.A. in Music Theory-Composition-Piano from Kansas City Conservatory
1965: Graduate music study at Iowa State University
1947 - 2013: Seminars-Workshops-Private Studies in Music, Piano, and Computer
Comedy w/ “2nd City” & Ernie Glucksman, Producer-Writer “Your Show of Shows”
1978-2002: Executive Vice-President of MaPAA (Music and Performing Arts Angels) Presented “Angel Victory” Award to:
Bob Hope, Sammy Davis Jr., Rafer Johnson, Olympics, Mary Pickford, Elayne Blythe,
May Mann, Rudy Vallee, Fuller Gordy, City of LA, Sybil Brand, Bill Welch, Channel 7, and dozens more.
1978-1992: Hollywood Opera Club under Mme Katherine Etienne.
1998-2002: Board Of Directors: Easter Sunrise Service at Hollywood Bowl
1993-2002: Columnist for “SPOTLITE on LAS VEGAS”- (Angel City Jazz Beat)
1978-1985: Board of Directors: Hollywood/Wilshire Symphony
1979-2006: Board of Directors: So. Cal. Motion Picture Council
1980-2000: Associate Pastor/Professor of IEC (Int. Evangelism Crusades)
Musician's Union . Los Angeles Jazz Society . The Jazz World
RADIO, TV, RECORDING:
Pianist on: Al Jarreau “Come Rain Or Come Shine” (at Amazon) “The Duke & I” w/Herb Jeffries” (see - www.herbjeffries.com) “Senior Blues” w/ Ernie Banks “Sananda” w/ Ed Wing
Cal Bezemer Trio (Henry Franklin-Bass) *Dozens of Radio & TV Shows including NPR, KCET.
Visionary with team spirit, High Standards, Problem solver, Unique Eclectic Creativity, Perseverance.
HOBBIES: Photography - Movies - Theater - Poetry - Reading
Quotes from Herb Jeffries, Al Jarreau, George Shearing, Jimmy Witherspoon, Stan Kenton, Eddie Jefferson, Arthur Duncan, and many others -- see testimonial page