Stories/Autobiographical

“BRIAN EATS HASH BROWNIES”(A True Story)

It was the spring of 1984, and I was in a band called “ICE”—a really good band with great musicians. We were all young, but I was the youngest at 19.We performed 6 nights a week all over the country—-it was a grueling schedule, a schedule that would probably kill me now—but ahh the joy […]

“MY ENCOUNTER WITH THE MOB” (A True Story)

In 2008, I was the main pianist at the Green Valley Station Casino in Las Vegas, performing 4 nights a week at Hanks Steakhouse(Wednesday-Saturday) On many occasions, famous people used to come into the restaurant & the lounge: Andre Agassi(who came in several times),Reggie Jackson,Slash,Senator Harry Reid,Megan Fox & Shia Lebouf,Jane Seymour, the members of […]

“A GRAND OPENING AT PLANET HOLLYWOOD” (A TRUE STORY)

I would like to relate to you a particularly unusual event in my life that happened a little over 10 years ago. The date was Friday, Nov 15,2007. I had been playing at Hanks Steakhouse every Wednesday and Thursday for about 6 months,and was looking forward to enjoying the day off.I had just woken up […]

“BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR”(A true story)

All performers hope and wish for a “responsive audience”—but sometimes,an overly exuberant fan can make you wish for “quiet indifference”. A perfect example of this took place with me in 2013 when I was performing at the Park Hyatt in Seoul. What had started out as just another night was suddenly changed by an overly […]

“A TALE OF TWO REQUESTS”(A True Story)

The event I am about to tell you about occurred right around Christmas 2012 during my 2nd contract at the Timberhouse Lounge at the Park Hyatt in Seoul, South Korea.  I had just finished performing a set of music when one of the guests(a very mild mannered and quiet gentleman) came up to me and […]

1ST VISIT TO SEOUL: “MY CLASSICAL GAMBIT” (A true story)

It has been my experience as a performer that most Asian people tend to be very quiet and reserved in bars & lounges. (The exception being Karaoke bars) But all “Rules” have their “exceptions” and every so often I would encounter a belligerent and even a (gasp) drunk Asian person in my audience. On one […]

“A “FESTIVUS MIRACLE” (A True Story)

As we approach “Festivus”, I thought I’d share with everyone a bizarre argument I witnessed on “Festivus 2011” (Dec 23rd,2011) while I was performing in Seoul, South Korea in the Park Hyatt. I was in the middle of a song when suddenly I heard a man start screaming “Liiiibyaa!LIBBBYAAA!” at the top of his lungs […]