Al was contacted by the band leader of “GOOD VIBRATIONS” a Florida show band that was in need of a front man.“GOOD VIBRATIONS” was a first class show band that toured on the East Coast, Las Vegas, Midwest and Florida. The group appeared at corporate functions, Country Clubs and showcased at the world famous Playboy Clubs! Then another setback due to performing floor shows six nights a week singing all styles of music from Broadway tunes to standards to Pop Rock R&B and Country four sets a night, Al developed a hernia from singing that required surgery. Al had to slowly get strong before he could return to fulltime performing and under doctor’s orders was refrained from singing once again. Forced to take time off from performing however immediately after months of healing Al decided to do some vocal training to strengthen his voice. Fortunately he found Richard Evans a Bel Canto voice coach in Daytona Beach. He also studied martial arts to help him strengthen his body and mind. Al needed a low energy gig to build back his voice to full potential. His vocal coach helped Al land a gig in Ormond Beach singing standards with Tommy Bell former pianist for Nat King Cole. After months of voice training, martial arts and singing every weekend Al made full recovery.
One night while performing Al was approached by the leader of a local jazz group called “THE TROPICS”. They were looking for a vocalist to sing & scat various styles of jazz material with the group. Al jumped at the opportunity to sing one of his favorite genres and also expand his musical talents as a hand percussionist. The group performed in the Daytona area at popular tourist resorts and clubs on the beach. The leader of the band was a jazz song writer that asked Al to sing on his original album project with his progressive jazz fusion group called “NEBULA”. The songwriter flew in his college jazz band musician friends and rehearsed his original song charts with the group preparing for the studio recording.