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! 

 

-REH

 

Gear

 

Drums:

Yamaha Oak Custom  

22" Kick

10", 12" Rack 

14", 16" Floor

 

Gretsch Catalina Club Bop Kit 

18" X 14" Kick

12" x 8" Rack

14" x 14" Floor

 

Snare drums

6.5" x 14"  Ludwig hand-hammered bronze LB552KT

5" x 14" Ludwig Chrome over Brass Supraphonic  

5" x 14" Gretsch Mahogany 

 

Cymbals

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