I come from a musical family. My father, Rusty Dedrick, was a jazz
trumpeter who played with Red Norvo and Claude Thornhill, among others. While trumpet was my first instrument, as a kid I discovered rock, blues and the instruments that shaped my life: the guitar and bass.
I attended the Manhattan School of Music, where I established a firm foundation in music theory, but my real education came when I studied guitar with Barry Galbraith, one of the most admired jazz guitarists of all time, and bass from none other than Jerry Jemmott, the Groovemaster, himself. I will always be indebted to their talent and ability to give of themselves.
Over the years I have played with a variety of folk, pop and blues artists including: Mary Travers, The Free Design (founded by my Dedrick cousins), Bobby Radcliff, and local New York legend George Gilmore and The Giblets.
That all said, my most rewarding work has been as an instructor of bass and guitar. I taught at the New School Guitar Study Center for many years, authored two books for Mel Bay, and have taught hundreds of private students.