I started playing trombone at age eight, I could barely reach 5th position and had to use my foot to empty my water key (other wise known as the spit valve). My first teacher was a trumpet player, he was a nice old man with bunsun breath who got me going on lip slurs and scales. I eventualy moved on to study with a trombone player, he was a nice old man who told some great stories about how great he was and he worked on jazz and classical with me in between those stories, I loved those stories. He encouraged me to audition for the Juilliard School of Music Pre College Division to get my classical chops down. With a little bit of practice I got in and attended during my junior and senior year of high school(it was also a great way to get out of marching band). Then it was onto the New England Conservatory, in Boston for a bachelor degree in jazz performance. I owe so much to all my professors, Fred Moe Snyder (Everywhere), Norman Bolter (Boston Symphony)Don Harwood (New York Philharmonic) Vince Penzerella ( New York Philharmonic) Phil Wilson (Buddy Rich) Gary Valente(Carla Bley) and the world famous chop guru, Carmine Caruso.

After I graduated I joined a Haitian Band called Volo Volo. The genre of music was called Kompa and it sounded like Reggae mixed with Calypso. I toured all over Europe and Canada with them for four years on and off. Then the Ska band Bim Skala Bim, called and asked me to audition. I wasn't sure what Ska was at the time but I took the audition and 10 years later we had put out 7 cds and played 1500 shows. Though I was in Boston for all those years I always was loyal to the Yankees and The World Champion New York Football Giants

In 1996 I returned to my native New York City where I co-founded the band Pilfers. Along with frontman Coolie Ranx, the Pilfers extensively toured the US, Canada, Mexico, South America and Europe. We signed a recording contract with Universal Records and released the Cd Chawawalang which produced a number one single on college radio with the song "Agua". The private jet, the limosines......oh wait, that wasn't me. I almost forgot to mention these other cool bands I've played and recorded with, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Reel Big Fish, Suicide Machines, Less Than Jake, Toasters and Pietasters. I had a solo project for a while but the first guitar player quit to bake lemon merege pies and speak latin, the band went down hill from there. R.I.P or maybe VooDoo coma for CENZO. Maybe you've heard of The Chip and Vince Show, well I'm going solo baby! Here comes Vinny Vin Vin kids!!!

The last 5 years I've been concentrating on teaching tomorrow's starving artists and created this site so some day I can quit my day job. Working in a law firm is like doing homework for a living, but I digress.

So carry on to the videos and get practicing!!!

Psssstt......Wanna buy some CENZO Tracks