Born and raised in Denver, Colorado, Brian is the progeny of two musicians: his Dad played upright bass and tuba, taught instrumental music in the Denver Public Schools, and played gigs on the weekends, while Mom played piano and violin and taught lessons at home and accompanied and directed various groups. Despite early training on the piano, and flirtations with double bass, trombone and flute, guitar has been his passion since age 12.
After graduating with a degree from the University of Miami’s highly regarded Studio Music and Jazz program in the 1980’s, Brian cut his teeth on the vibrant Miami music scene, playing hundreds of gigs and recording sessions and a variety of genres and settings. In the studio he worked with producers such as Rudy Perez, Eddy Martinez, Lewis Martineé, Pablo Manavello and Emilio Estefan and played on records by Gloria Estefan, Chayanne, Jose Luis Rodriguez, Luis Enrique and Ilan Chester and many others.
In 1990 Brian relocated to Los Angeles and began working with illustrious arranger/composer/producer Jorge Callendrelli, who featured Brian on acoustic guitars on his Symphonic Boleros project with Ettore Stratta and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Brian toured briefly with Barry Manilow’s Showstoppers tour in 1991, then in January 1992 began a 17+ year stint as guitarist and musical director for pop singing legend Tom Jones.
During this period Brian performed worldwide and appeared numerous times on TV with Jones, including the Tonight Show, Dennis Miller, Jimmy Kimmel, Ellen, Today, Good Morning America, Live from the House of Blues, American Music Awards and Billboard Music Awards. Highlights included filming the Tim Burton flick “Mars Attacks”, double-bill tours with soul legends Tower of Power and Australian singer John Farnham, the Live at Cardiff Castle DVD filmed in 2001, and duo performances with Tom on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s 60th birthday party.
2009 marked a 3-year return to his hometown of Denver, Colorado during which Brian performed with soul powerhouse Hazel Miller and co-founded The Gig Easy LLC, a company dedicated to helping musicians harness the power of tablet computing. He married the love of his live, Stephanie, in June 2011, and in late 2012 they relocated to Seattle where Brian continues to pursue the art and craft of music in all its variety.
Recent work includes music notation projects with RPM Seattle for clients including Blizzard Games, The Pacific Northwest Ballet and Indianapolis Symphony, and guitars overdubs and mixing on saxophonist Paul Taylor’s CD “Tenacity” with producer Dino Esposito.