With roots firmly placed in jazz, I've followed a path that took me from East Coast to West and back, and now to Minneapolis -providing me with extensive experience playing the R&B, Jazz and Pop circuits in Boston and L.A. I had the good fortune to study extensively with David Garibaldi of Tower of Power - an experience that opened up my playing, and brought me greater focus on the music, and my 'sound'.
LA gave me a great musical learning experience. Jazz, Pop, Rock, Prog-rock, blues, R&B, 'Off-Melrose' theater. I joined one of So. California's premier R&B / Soul bands, led by Derek Bordeaux, and was fortunate to meet and work with Latin Grammy Award winning composer and keyboard artist, Francisco Loyo, and jazz star, bassist Lalo Carillo. I was also blessed to play with and become friends with one of Southern California's great jazz /r&b artists - saxophonist and composer, J.R. Lewis.
I'm now in the Twin Cities, working mostly R&B / funk/soul music, with Funktion Junction, out of St. Paul , doing some pop and jazz gigs, and had the chance to record with jazz pianist/composer Dan Moffatt and saxophonist Kenni Holmen.
These great people helped me to evolve musically, and share the joy of and passion for playing music. I'm indebted to all them, and the many others that I met and played with along the way.
I am currently available for recording and live performance opportunities.
If you would like me to work with you on your recording project via the web, I'm happy to do so. Check out the Contact page for more info. Thanks!
Yamaha Oak Custom
10", 12" Rack
14", 16" Floor
Gretsch Catalina Club Bop Kit
18" X 14" Kick
12" x 8" Rack
14" x 14" Floor
6.5" x 14" Ludwig hand-hammered bronze LB552KT
5" x 14" Ludwig Chrome over Brass Supraphonic
5" x 14" Gretsch Mahogany
Zildjian K Custom Series:
21" Dark Complex Ride
22" High Definition Ride
20" Session Ride
18" Session Crash
16" Session Crash
17" Hybrid Crash
14" High Definition Hi Hats
13" Hybrid Hi Hats
18" Zildjian A Custom EFX Crash
14" Meinl China