b. San Jose, CA. M.M. in Composition from Mannes College of Music, where he studied with Charles Jones. Active in NYC since 1981 as performer, composer, and bandleader for the Neal Kirkwood Octet, the Chromatic Persuaders, and the Discovery Orchestra. Commissions include NYSCA for The Future of Futurism for jazz orchestra (2000), and NYS Music Fund (2007). Has composed many scores for theater and dance productions. Four CDs as leader of the Neal Kirkwood Octet, the Chromatic Persuaders and Extrospection. Solo piano CD, Time's Circle.