The News FunnelSeptember 17, 2013
It’s no secret that NYC is home to some of the best restaurants in the world. With so many diverse options, choosing a place to eat can be overwhelming!
As real estate professionals, it’s nice to know the insider spots where we can meet and network with our colleagues. Luckily, we have lots of friends in the real estate industry and we got some restaurant recommendations from some of the top players on the east coast.
Enjoy these suggestions from our friends, Wayne Heicklen, Partner of Pryor Cashman, Nick Romito, Founder of View the Space, and Shaun Osher, Founder and CEO of CORE Group as they uncover their favorite food joints in The Big Apple.
From filet mignon to fried chicken, we've covered all our bases!
CurbedSeptember 16, 2013
Here's the beautiful Manhattan townhouse that belongs to Grammy-nominated songwriter Michael Feinstein and Terrence Flannery, on the market for a whopping $17.9M. According to the Times, the duo bought the first half of the place—which had "high ceilings and grand rooms but not a sense of massiveness," apparently—for about $3M, later spending an additional $3.825M on the neighboring property in order to break combine them into a 25-foot-wide "grand house for entertaining." Herringbone floors are nice, and all, as are two kitchens, a "soaking tub from which a bather can survey the gardens," and "a man cave reimagined as a 16-by-11 foot dressing room with its own marble fireplace and a built-in center unit with a marble top and multiple storage drawers," but one of the real standouts doesn't actually come with the house: an enormous wall-size Al Hirschfeld mural depicting Feinstein's great showbiz peers, such as Liza Minnelli and Barbra Streisand.
CurbedSeptember 16, 2013
An impressive Lenox Hill townhouse, combined from two adjacent houses, owned by Grammy-nominated musician/Great American Songbook archivist Michael Feinstein and his spouse, Terrence Flannery, has hit the market with an asking price of $17.9 million. The couple, who were married by Judge Judy in 2008, bought the first of the two houses, 141 East 63rd Street, in 2004 for just over $3 million. Although it hadn't factored into their original plans, they bought the neighboring house (143 East 63rd Street) went it went on the market the following year, shelling out an additional $3.825 million plus the cost of a gut renovation.
To combine the houses, Feinstein and Flannery knocked down some walls on the first two floors in order create connective archways and included, among other things, a fourth-floor master suite accessible by private staircase, two kitchens, a home gym on the fifth floor, and an enormous walk-in closet, which can easily accommodate the kind of wardrobe that includes something like 50 button-down white shirts. The house, which is now 100 feet deep, 25 feet wide, and contains 18 rooms, isn't all new, though—many of the original details were preserved, including ornate crown molding and floor-to-ceiling bay windows. The wall-sized Hirschfeld mural in the foyer will not be included in the sale.
Feinstein’s Home: Isn’t It Romantic?
The New York TimesSeptember 13, 2013
An uncommon property created from a pair of bow-front Upper East Side brownstones that, 120 years after they were built around 1886, were combined to form a singular town house of grand and gracious dimensions earmarked for entertainment, is about to enter the market for the first time. The sellers are the cabaret singer, pianist, and Great American Songbook archivist Michael Feinstein and his spouse, Terrence Flannery. The asking price is $17.9 million, which does not include the wall-size Hirschfeld mural, populated by stars like Liza Minnelli, Fred Astaire, Woody Allen and Barbra Streisand, that sets the tone in the foyer.
The 18-room house, at 143 East 63rd Street, just east of Lexington Avenue opposite the Barbizon 63, has twin staircases, seven baths, two powder rooms, eight fireplaces, and a 25-foot-wide backyard with ivy-covered brick walls and two outdoor pagodas, one furnished as a living room and the other as a dining area. The annual taxes are $57,380.
Mr. Feinstein and Mr. Flannery, who were married in Los Angeles in 2008 by their close friend, Judith Sheindlin of “Judge Judy” fame, bought the town house at No. 141 in 2004 for just over $3 million. “It had high ceilings and grand rooms but not a sense of massiveness, and we thought, ‘This is plenty for us,’ ” Mr. Feinstein, a five-time Grammy nominee, said from San Francisco, where he was performing at Feinstein’s at the Nikko Hotel.
As it turned out, it wasn’t plenty.
Mr. Feinstein, a serial host, often entertained friends like Ms. Minnelli, Elaine Stritch, Stephen Sondheim, Tyne Daly, Tony Bennett and other songbirds after his gigs nearby at Feinstein’s at Loews Regency. So when the brownstone next door at No. 143 came on the market in 2005 for $3.825 million, the couple snapped it up and gutted it, save for some key period details. What had been a narrow home and garden instantly doubled in size, width and possibilities.
“The vision,” said Mr. Flannery, who was assisted in achieving it by the designers Michael Bagley and Michael Adams, “was to combine them into one grand house for entertaining.” They partially broke through walls on the garden and parlor levels, where floor-to-ceiling bay windows face north and overlook the garden, to create connective archways between what had been two separate homes.
Now the parlor floor has a formal entry gallery with a hidden bar behind mirrored doors (one of Mr. Feinstein’s favorite things), a sunken sitting room to the west, and a music room and living room in the back overlooking the garden. There are herringbone wood floors and two spindle staircases. Downstairs on the garden level there is an 11-by-30-foot formal kitchen with a marble center island and countertops, a Viking stove and grill, and a formal dining room with a triple set of French doors to the backyard. There is a full bath with a soaking tub from which a bather can survey the gardens. (The town house does not lack for witty embellishments.)
The third floor has an informal “family kitchen,” a dining area, three bedrooms, and two baths. A private staircase leads to the fourth-floor master suite on the western half of the home; the master bath is at the top of the stairs, the 11-by-16-foot bedroom with an original fireplace to the rear, and in the front overlooking 63rd Street is a man cave reimagined as a 16-by-11 foot dressing room with its own marble fireplace and a built-in center unit with a marble top and multiple storage drawers. There are two bedrooms and baths on the eastern side of the fourth floor, and on the top floor, a home gym, another full spa-type bath and a large covered terrace in front.
Mr. Feinstein said they are reluctantly downsizing in the city because their main residence is now in Carmel, Ind., where he is the artistic director of the Center for the Performing Arts and where he established the Michael Feinstein Great American Songbook Initiative in 2008.
The exclusive listing is offered by Tom Postilio and Mickey Conlon of CORE and Maria Torresy and Sami Hassoumi of Brown Harris Stevens. Mr. Postilio said the home provides an unusual haven for entertainment-minded buyers who also value peace and quiet.
Cabaret Entertainer Feinstein’s Double Brownstone Asks $18M
The Real DealSeptember 13, 2013
Cabaret singer, pianist and Great American Songbook archivist Michael Feinstein and spouse Terrence Flannery have put their legendary Upper East Side home on the market, asking $17.9 million.
The price tag for the grand home, which consists of conjoined bow-front brownstones built around 1886, does not include the wall-sized Hirschfeld mural sprinkled with stars such as Fred Astaire, Liza Minnelli and Woody Allen.
The 18-room house at 143 East 63rd Street features twin staircases, seven baths, two powder rooms, eight fireplaces and a 25-foot-wide backyard complete with ivy-covered brick walls and two outdoor pagodas.
Feinstein and Flannery purchased the first half of the townhouse — No. 141 — in 2004 for just over $3 million.
“It had high ceilings and grand rooms but not a sense of massiveness, and we thought, ‘This is plenty for us,’” Feinstein told the New York Times.
But it wasn’t. Feinstein later picked up No. 143 next door in 2005 for $3.825 million. He and Flannery gutted the twin property and doubled the size of their home.
The couple is now reversing course, downsizing in the city now that their main residence is in Carmel, Ind., where Feinstein is artistic director for the Center of the Performing Arts.
Tom Postilio and Mickey Conlon of CORE, along with Maria Torresy and Sami Hassoumi of Brown Harris Stevens share the exclusive listing.
Top Residential Agents of the Week
The Real DealSeptember 13, 2013
Listing broker: Emily Beare and Elizabeth Beare of CORE
Address: 407 East 75th Street
Deirdre De Risi Joins CORE
September 12, 2013
New York, N.Y. (September 12, 2013)
– Deirdre De Risi has joined CORE as the newest addition to the firm’s Madison Avenue office. As an agent for close to a decade, she sold over $300M worth of real estate in the last two years as a key member of Ann Cutbill Lenane’s team at Douglas Elliman. Deirdre was recently named #70 on The Real Deal’s
list of “Top 75 Real Estate Agents” for 2013.
“I came to CORE because it truly is unlike any other real estate company,” notes DeRisi. “From the first meeting with Shaun Osher, I knew CORE was a company I wanted to be a part of - a collaborative team that thinks outside of the box, cares about quality and is a company that gives their agents a platform to conduct business at the highest level.”
Deirdre takes pride in being an intelligent, honest, dedicated and straight-forward broker. She has an outstanding work ethic, a great ability to listen to both her buyers’ and sellers’ needs and both the knowledge and intuition to negotiate a deal. Whether it is her keen eye that helps stage your apartment for sale or her warm and empathetic personality, Deirdre always puts her clients’ needs first. She treats every property as its own unique space and has a reputation for getting the job done.
CORE is a real estate sales and marketing firm delivering the best in brokerage, communications and advisory services for the luxury residential segment. In addition, CORE’s elite group of highly experienced and successful professionals service developers who value efficient, no-nonsense results. CORE was founded by Shaun Osher as a full-service boutique firm with a strict adherence to the principles of integrity, efficiency and results. For more information visit www.corenyc.com
Real Estate WeeklySeptember 11, 2013
Adams & Co. Real Estate brokered a 5,420 s/f new lease for Anbau Enterprise, Inc. at 11 East 26th St.James Buslik, principal, represented the landlord, East Twenty Sixth Associates, while JeffreyBuslik represented the tenant. Asking rent was $55 psf. Anbau Enterprises plans to use the space as general and executive offices and will be using a portion as a showroom for the display of model kitchens, baths and other similar architectural designed rooms.
Giscombe Realty Group announced the completion of a lease agreement with Nicole Shops, a ladies clothing store, at 66 West 125th Street, between Lenox and Fifth Avenues. The five-year lease is for 2,400 s/f with a full basement.It is the company’s second store on 125th Street. The other store is located on 324 West 125th Street.Holley Drakefordof Giscombe Realty represented both the landlord, 66 West LLC, and the tenant.
Savitt Partners announced that Hector Rodriguez negotiated three new lease transactions totaling approximately 6,900 s/f at 134 West 26th Street, the Chelsea Arts Building. Rodriguez represented the property owner, President Realty LLC. The average asking rent for office space at office property is $44 psf:
• Neal Beckstedt Studio, an architectural and interior design firm, inked a 2,600 s/f lease. The company is expanding and relocating from its current location at 135 West 26th Street. Alex Cohen of Cushman & Wakefield arranged the five-year transaction on behalf of the tenant.
September 06, 2013
New York, N.Y. (September 6, 2013) – Sidney Whelan and Reggie Grayson have joined CORE as two of the newest additions at the firm’s Chelsea flagship office. A team of high-producing brokers, collectively Sid and Reggie have over 10 years of experience in the industry, generating an impressive portfolio of real estate transactions throughout New York City.
Sid Whelan is credited with over $190,000,000 in gross real estate sales and was ranked #46 in The Real Deal’s “Top 75 Listing Agents” of 2012 during his time at Halstead. With a solid background in managing sales, Sid is well-regarded for his keen awareness of the Manhattan housing market and productive marketing strategies. Sid was also the owner and landlord of several co-op and townhouse properties, additionally accumulating experience as a co-op board President. Sid is recognized for his expertise in townhouses and new development condominiums, particularly throughout Upper Manhattan. Notable new development projects that he has sold include The Langston Condominium, The Kalahari and The Dillon.
“We are thrilled to join the excellent roster of top-selling agents at CORE,” says Sid. “Since CORE opened, we have been impressed by their unparalleled marketing skills and their fresh, clear and powerful brand. We are now in a position to leverage that brand on behalf of our growing client base, which is very exciting.”
Reggie Grayson specializes mostly in larger apartments in neighborhoods along the West side of Manhattan, from Hudson Heights to the West Village. After earning a spot in the prestigious New York City Urban Fellows program, he earned an MBA in Finance and a Master of Science degree in Real Estate Development and Investment from NYU. Recently nominated for Halstead’s ‘Rookie of the Year’ distinction, Reggie holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban Planning from Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University.
“As a team, Sid and Reggie bring to CORE valuable expertise in a targeted market segment on the Upper and middle West Side, with experience in both resales and new development that complements CORE’s competencies,” says Ryan Fitzpatrick, CORE’s Director of Sales at the Chelsea flagship location. “Sid and Reggie’s personable, ethical and client-oriented approach is a perfect fit with CORE’s culture. We are thrilled to have them on board and look forward to building on their track record of success.”
CORE is a real estate sales and marketing firm delivering the best in brokerage, communications and advisory services for the luxury residential segment. In addition, CORE’s elite group of highly experienced and successful professionals service developers who value efficient, no-nonsense results. CORE was founded by Shaun Osher as a full-service boutique firm with a strict adherence to the principles of integrity, efficiency and results. For more information visit www.corenyc.com.
New York PostSeptember 05, 2013
That “The Book of Mormon” co-director Casey Nicholaw and Josh Marquette are hosting an event to benefit the Matthew Shepard Foundation on the roof terrace at One Museum Mile, at 1280 Fifth Ave., overlooking Central Park, on Sept. 17. “Selling New York” reality stars Tom Postilio and Mickey Conlon will be there.
HGTV FrontDoorSeptember 05, 2013
Nate Berkus, America's sweetheart of interior designers, has purchased a 15th-floor penthouse apartment in Greenwich Village. Apparently Berkus loves this corner of the city, since his new home will be mere minutes from his previous pad at West 9th Street, which he recently sold for $4.95 million.
The $5 million co-op at 39 Fifth Avenue was designed by Emery Roth and commissioned by Bing & Bing builders. With three bedrooms and 2.5 baths, the pre-war duplex seems modestly sized but impeccably appointed: The corner living room boasts coffered 10.5-foot ceilings and oversized windows. The dining room, which features a verdant mural, opens onto a private terrace. The chef's kitchen features dramatic rounded skylights. The home was listed by Emily Beare and Tony Sargent at CORE.
In somewhat related news, Berkus will soon be hosting a new NBC reality show called American Dream Builders, in which designers and architects compete on weekly home renovation projects. Between the move and his new show, it's certainly shaping up to be a busy couple of months for Berkus.
New York PostSeptember 05, 2013
That "The Book of Mormon" co-director Casey Nicholaw and Josh Marquette are hosting an event to benefit the Matthew Shepard Foundation on the roof terrace at One Museum Mile, at 1280 Fifth Ave., overlooking Central Park, on Sept. 17. "Selling New York" reality starts Tom Postilio and Mickey Conlon will be there.
DeparturesSeptember 01, 2013
407 E. 75th ST., NEW YORK: $12.5 MILLION
In 1970, after a three-month search with help from his ten studio manager, Gideon Lewin, Richard Avedon bought the historic carriage house turned studio-equipped townhouse at 75th Street and First Avenue from the photographer Reid Miles for $147,500. “Miles’s existing studio already had the curved walls, which were rare at the time,” Lewin says. Formerly subdividing into two units – Avedon lived on part of the second floor and rented out the rest of the second, third and fourth levels to actors Richard Benjamin and Paula Prentiss and then to the art dealer Walter Randel – the building has transformed dramatically since his 2004 death. In 2005 it was purchased for $6.5 million by Olivier Sarkozy (the half-brother of France’s former president Nicolas Sarkozy), who performed the first of two remodels. Last year he sold it to its current owner, an entertainment mogul who helped launch the Fox Broadcasting Company, for $8.4 million. Today the studio and a dark room are among the few preserved elements from Avedon’s ownership. Architect Joseph Dirand performed the property’s second interior renovation: a sleek modern makeover in black-and-white tones that fittingly recall the famous portraits taken by its onetime resident. CONTACT: CORE, 212-726-0786.
The Mann Report ResidentialSeptember 01, 2013
How long have you been in the business?
-As of next January, I will have been in the business for 29 years.
What made you decide to get into real estate?
- Helping someone sell or buy a home, the most important commodity one can own, is an extremely fulfilling experience. My gift of gab, my love of people and my curiosity of New York City all inspired me to get involved in the industry. Ultimately, my desire to reach the highest point in my career was answered by pursuing a career in real estate.
Who inspires you?
-The new generation of agents who are successful inspires me professionally to always stay current. I am also inspired by my 4-year-old son.
What pushes you to the next level?
-My inner self is very competitive. I am always pushing the boundaries further to test myself, experience more, and succeed.
Movers and Shakers: Who's Coming and Going in NYC Real Estate
The Real DealSeptember 01, 2013
Town Residential hired Beverly Cole from Douglas Elliman, Jennifer Lauren Hoxter and Pat Serby Hoxter from Halstead Property, Sandra Sugata from Urban Compass and Anne Zelmati from Urban Living. Eastern Consolidated hired Carlos Olson, Stewart Davis and Andrei Danshes as associate directors. CORE hired Scott Kreitzer from Douglas Elliman. Lehrer, the construction services consulting company, hired Norbert Young as executive vice president.
NYC’s Premier Properties: 93 Worth #1106
Luxury Listings NYCSeptember 01, 2013
93 Worth Street #1106 in Tribeca -- $4,500,000
Condo (2,302 sf): 5 rooms, 2 beds, 2.5 baths | Amenities: Doorman, Elevator, Gym
Common Charges: $1,931 | Monthly Taxes: $2,458 | Listing ID: S852906
This spectacular residence features jaw-dropping views of Midtown, a grand living room and a family/ding room. Listed by Doron W. Zwickel, 212-219-9393, email@example.com.
NYC’s Premier Properties: 135 West 69th Street
Luxury Listings NYCSeptember 01, 2013
135 West 69th Street on Upper West Side -- $12,000,000
Townhouse: 13 rooms, 5 beds, 4 baths | Amenities: Garden, Terrace, Fireplace
Listing ID: S919228
This magnificent 19-foot wide, single-family townhouse is located on one of the Upper West Side’s handsomest rows of brownstones. Built at the turn of the last century, this manse has been lovingly restored.
NYC’s Premier Properties: 26 East 63rd Street, #10AB
Luxury Listings NYCSeptember 01, 2013
26 East 63rd Street, #10AB on Upper East Side -- $7,250,000
Condo: 7 rooms, 4 beds, 2 baths | Amenities: Doorman, Elevator, Pets Allowed | Common Charges: $2,797 | Monthly Taxes: $2,499 | Listing ID: S874109
This triple-mint loft has 100 feet on Madison Avenue and is only a block from Central Park. Yes, you’ll live in a 1901 Beaux Arts building that’s in the heart of the city’s most exclusive shopping and dining district. Listed by Reba Miller, 212-726-0913, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Modern NYCAugust 30, 2013
Featuring stunning Manhattan views including the Empire State Building and One World Trade
Center, custom finishes, a winged 2-bedroom layout and a private deeded indoor parking
space and storage, PH2 is the ultimate Manhattan luxury loft condominium penthouse.
With direct entry from a private elevator into a glass-framed 40' living room designed by Andes
Escobar, PH2 is one of a kind. This grand penthouse includes a modern Cucina kitchen with
marble counters, Gaggenau and Sub-Zero appliances, as well as custom Brazilian hardwood
floors and cabinetry. The master bedroom suite has a private terrace, en-suite windowed spa
bath and walk-in closets, and the second bedroom completes the apartment with an alcove
This luxury boutique condominium is complete with a gym, a roof deck, and a beautiful lobby
featuring contemporary art from local galleries that mirror its location in the heart of West
Chelsea, ideally positioned with immediate access to 10th Avenue's art scene, luxury
retail and entertainment, the Meatpacking District and The High Line.
New York PostAugust 29, 2013
60 Beach St.
Three-bedroom, two-bath loft condo, 2,569 square feet, with private keyed elevator, arched windows, kitchen with white lacquer and walnut cabinets, white-glass counters and Sub-Zero and Miele appliances, laundry room and bath with soaking tub, separate shower and double sinks with teak vanity; building features doorman, gym, playroom, landscaped roof terrace, storage and pet spa. Common charges $2,092, taxes $2,332. Asking price $4,295,000, on market for one week. Brokers: Stuart Moss and Patricia Schmitz, The Corcoran Group, and Jarrod Randolph, CORE.
Nate Berkus Sticks Around the Village with $5M Co-op Buy
The Real DealAugust 29, 2013
A couple of weeks after offloading a three-bedroom Greenwich Village duplex co-op, TV host and interior designer Nate Berkus has grabbed another one.
He bought a $5 million unit on the 15th and 16th floors of 39 Fifth Avenue, near 10th Street. The seller was former journalist Rosalind Resnick. CORE Group brokers Emily Beare and Tony Sargent had the listing.
The $4.9 million co-op he left behind was on West 9th Street, and featured a 300-square-foot den and two offices, the New York Observer said.
Berkus is best known for hosting the short-lived “Nate Berkus Show,” and will soon serve as the face of the new NBC reality competition series “American Dream Builders,” formerly known as “Renovation Nation.” [NYO] – Mark Maurer
CurbedAugust 28, 2013
Celebrity designer Nate Berkus really likes Greenwich Village. And three-bedroom duplex apartments with private outdoor space. Just two weeks ago, Berkus sold his West 9th Street pad for $4.95 million, and now the Observer reports that he closed on a new apartment just a couple blocks away. Berkus paid $5 million ($400K less than the asking price) for the penthouse unit of 39 Fifth Avenue, a 15-story co-op building between 10th and 11th Streets. The new unit is very similar to his last place, but it's on a much higher floor, and it has a wraparound rooftop terrace. The huge kitchen has a "custom-fabricated greenhouse," there's a French limestone foyer, and both the living room and dining room have wood-burning fireplaces.
The New York ObserverAugust 28, 2013
Maybe he just wanted another apartment to decorate? Interior designer and daytime (soon primetime) TV host Nate Berkus loves Greenwich Village—so much so that he’s willing to go through all of the Sturm und Drang of moving, only to find himself a two-minute walk from where he started.
Two weeks ago The Observer broke the news that he had sold his West 9th Street co-op for $4.95 million. And now Mr. Berkus has picked up a $5 million co-op at 39 Fifth Avenue, at 10th Street, according to city records—a Bing & Bing-built, Emery Roth-designed building wedged in between two other tall pre-wars on lower Fifth Avenue.
With nearly identical prices, the move looks more like a sideways trade than an upgrade. In fact, in many ways the apartments are very similar: same neighborhood, same price, same number of bedrooms (three), same number of floors (two), same general style (pre-war). There are some differences, though. The new pad is much higher up—on the 15th floor, it’s practically a high-rise for the neighborhood, so Mr. Berkus will be getting an elevator for his money (not to mention a doorman, which may come in handy when he starts showing up on hundreds of millions of Americans’ TV screens during prime time for his new American Dream Builders show on NBC). It’s also an upside-down apartment, in which you enter onto the top floor, which contains the main living space, before descending down onto the bedroom level.
Since both units were co-ops, we can’t compare the overall square footage, but his new apartment looks a bit smaller, as it lacks the two (small) home offices of his old digs, not to mention the 300-square-foot den. And while the new apartment doesn’t have as many skylights as the old one (every bedrooms on 9th Street had one, in one case in lieu of an actual window), it makes up for them in quality—the chef’s kitchen (what other kinds is there in a $5 million apartment?) features rounded skylights that wouldn’t look out of place in a mid-1950s railroad observation car.
Leaving the apartment is opt-in email marketing pioneer and one-time AOL cyber “sexpert” Rosalind Resnick. We couldn’t reach Emily Beare at CORE, who had the listing (and also the listing on Mr. Berkus’s old place), for comment, or her partner Tony Sargent. The duo appears to have opted out of discussing their famous clients’ new abode.
Brokers WeeklyAugust 28, 2013
Upper East Side
330 East 75th Street, 28A
Three-bedroom, three-bathroom home with south-facing balcony. Living/dining area has custom cabinetry, granite window sills and concealed audio speakers. Renovated pass-through kitchen, solid oak hardwood floors, renovated windowed master bath. Master bedroom includes walk-in closet and wall of custom closets. The Saratoga is a white glove condominium with private storage, courtyard, herb garden, 24/7 attended garage and roof deck. Listing broker: Lee Frankel, CORE.
Brokers WeeklyAugust 28, 2013
Scott Kreitzer has joined CORE from Douglas Elliman.
A noted jazz musician, with four albums to his name and several honors for his musical achievements, Kreitzer was a landlord for a multi-family property in South Hampton while also pursuing his music career.
He joined one of New York City’s largest real estate brokerages after getting his license in 2010.
Well-versed in properties throughout Manhattan and The Hamptons, he is a Miami,FL native who attended the University of Miami.
He lated transferred to William Patterson College in New Jersey, where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Jazz Studies.