EC, a second generation musician, was born in Naples, Italy. EC studied at the Naval Conservatory of Music in Norfolk, Virginia and was awarded a special honor for being the youngest student to graduate from this conservatory.
EC moved to Los Angeles, California and began his true musical quest. He performed for Guys & Dolls, Ain’t Misbehavin, Bourbon Street Review, and A Chorus Line.
EC got the call to work with Loretta Holloway in Las Vegas opening for Jay Leno, Bill Cosby, David Brenner, Yakov Smirnoff, Whoopi Goldberg, Don Rickles and many more. EC soon took over as Loretta’s musical director and continued on to travel to places like Russia, Bermuda, Japan, Canada, Virgin Islands, Brazil, and many places around the world. EC worked as Loretta’s MD for over twelve years, playing with major symphonies, and was responsible for conducting from behind the drums.
Then EC received the call of a lifetime! He was offered an opportunity to play with the great jazz legend—the one and only jazz bassist, Al McKibbon. EC was very excited to get this call and realized he had to pass an audition to get booked for the show. EC was very familiar with Al McKibbon, because Al was the noted bass player for the Giants of Jazz Tour, with Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie. At the conclusion of the audition, EC was offered the job and would go on to play three shows a night, six nights a week for the next three years. Do the math—that’s eighteen shows a week! This was one of the best learning experiences in EC’s life!
Al McKibbon and EC grew very close—he was like a second father to EC. They lived together for many years and this was where EC attained most of his great knowledge of music. After the close of this show, EC received the call from jazz drummer, Mr. Billy Higgins
Mr. Higgins offered EC a job with jazz saxophonist, Azar Lawrence. EC accepted and went on the road with Azar Lawrence for the next year and a half. This was another great experience for EC.
EC moved on to Las Vegas and started working with Frank Sinatra’s pianist and conductor, Mr. Vincent Falcone. He then became a part of the Vincent Falcone trio featuring Joe Lano.
After this accomplishment, EC met up with jazz pianist, Kevin Toney, and