Private studies jazz piano, 1941-1947;certified teacher, New York College Music, 1950;certified in Schillinger System, New York University, 1950;Master in Jazz Piano, Lennie Tristano School Music, 1955.
Pianist, John Jay Orchestra, New York City, 1941-1942;pianist, leader, Sal Mosca Trio, New York City, 1942-1945;pianist, various clubs and concerts, New York City, 1949-1965, 71-76;instructor jazz piano improvision, Mount Vernon, since 1953;soloist, Carnegie Recital Hall, New York City, 1977;soloist, Lennie Tristano Memorial Concert, New York City, 1979;pianist, Boston, since 1979;tours with, Warne Marsh, Kenny Clarck, Eddy Gomez, West Berlin, 1980;solo concerts, Holland, 1981;performed with, Warne Marsh, Amsterdam, 1983;principal, SMS Records.
Pianist on numerous recordings including Sal Mosca and Peter Ind at the Den, 1959, A Concert, 1990, Sal Mosca Music, 1977, (with Lee Konitz) Subconscious-Lee, 1949, Ezz-Thetic, 1951, Lee Konitz with Warne Marsh, 1955, Inside Hi-Fi, 1956, Worth While Konitz, 1956, Very Cool, 1957. Producer 2 Civil Defense's Sal Mosca-Warne Marsh Quartet Live at the Vanguard., A Concert on Jazz Records.
Concert solo recital Alice Tulley Hall, 1979, Westchester Community College, 1991.
Served with United States Army, 1945-1947. Member American Federation Musicians, American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (Pop award 1972-1987), American Mech. RightsAssn.
Son of Fred Ralph and Catherine (Bencasa) M. Divorced; children: Michael, Stephen, Kathryn.