Spontaneous and creative artist with roots in classical, jazz, bluegrass, folk, Motown, gospel, rock, blues, and jam band.
He attended the University of Richmond, Berklee College of Music, and the University of Miami for his music studies. He was awarded the Best New Artist Grammy in 1987.
He married Kathy Yankovic on December 31, 1983, with whom he fathered two children.
He played with the Grateful Dead for more than 100 performances from 1988 to 1995, departing after Jerry Garcia's untimely death.