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Don's love of jazz and improvisation began in earnest when he turned seventeen, and it was also in this time frame that he added the hammond b3 organ to his list of keyboard instruments. It was shortly after this that he met his next musical mentor, the highly respected cleveland based jazz pianist/educator Bill Gidney.

After several years of performing with many of Cleveland's finest musicians and vocalists, he began touring the country, first as co-leader and then eventually as leader of his own group playing organ, singing and arranging.

After ten years on the road, Atlanta, Georgia, became home and it was here that he met his third musical mentor, former Berkeley School of Music faculty member Ted Howe. It was with Howe that Don's focus turned to acoustic piano and arranging. Shortly after their meeting, Don became musical director for the Club Atlantis at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta, where he and his trio were the opening act for some of the music industry's top performers, including Billy Eckstein, Chris Conners, Lionel Hampton, Clint Holmes and Julie Budd.

After six years at the Club Atlantis, Don was hired as an adjunct faculty member at Georgia State University School of Music where he taught piano improvisation and harmony.

Since that time his regional performance credits include:

The atlanta symphony; the atlanta arts festival; the atlanta high museum jazz series; the gainsville arts council jazz series; the ga. democratic convention; the gilmer county arts heritage concert series; the cherokee county arts concert series; the falany center for the performing arts concert series; the atlanta pops orchestra; the dublin laurens arts concert series; sambuca's jazz cafe; and churchhill grounds jazz cafe;

national performance credits include: the alabama symphony; the charleston s.c. symphony; the charlotte n.c. symphony; the davenport iowa quad symphony and the chautauqua institute in n.y.

international performance credits : the four seasons resort langkawi, maylaysia .

As a recording artist Don has self produced two cd's "Free as a Bird" in 2004 and "Moment to Moment" in 2008. In 2000 Don co founded the South City Voices, a vocal jazz quartet who released their fist cd "Got Swing" in 2003.

Whether he's playing solo piano, swinging with his trio or performing with a symphony orchestra, his unique blend of musicianship and stage presence has captured the attention of audiences everywhere.

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