I met Slim through SlideMeister a few years ago. While not an overly-active poster, he contributes much more than the average member and it's always an interesting read when he does.
Unlike most of us who started with a ten holer at a young age, Slim actually started on the Chromatic at age five. Thanks to a harmonica playing father and a piano playing mom, Slim had a great musical foundation to build on. At age eight, he switched his interests to the guitar and concentrated on that till his late teens, he was again bitten by the Chromatic bug, thanks to the likes of Adler, Thielmans, Wonder and others, Slim was once again back on the Chromatic track.
Over the years I've always enjoyed what Slim added to the content of SlideMeister, but was totally blown away when I heard him play in person at a Milwaukee SPAH convention a few years back; very relaxed and cool, as if he were just noodling around at home on the couch; tremendous talent, cool and seemingly no pressure and fun to watch. The guy just makes it look way too easy.
His guitar work is also great, and when combined with Slim's Chromatic over dubbing tricks, the results are nothin' short of stellar!
Slim n' Penny
"Country" for a few years, then on to Top 40 lounges for another fourteen years. More recently however, his interest began to focus on jazz, and Slim & Penny have been making some serious jazz waves in the Northern California.
Slim sees no difference between "practice and playing" and "does it" from 30 minutes to three hours each day and it shows.
At his day job, Slim works as a software developer; which while I'm sure is very important, (selfishly) I feel we're especially blessed to have him as part of the Chromatic harmonica community. :o)
In 2009, Slim produced the West Coast Jazz Harmonica Summit as well as a 90 minute film on DVD of the performance. Great Video by the way. Details AND DVD available here:(www.JazzHarmonicaSummit.com).