BIO

I was born and raised in Chicago then moved around a bit living and working in South Florida, then to Washington DC where there is a very hip jazz scene as well as many classic R&B artists from the 60's soul, Stax & Classic R&B genres.

DC was a serious training ground for me where led a jazz quartet for about 10 years. I also played in various soul bands and saw a completely different side of music, life, gigs. I also led a soul band called the Mustangs Band, and transcribed horn parts for hundreds of songs and assembled a band of players who'd been playing the classic soul repertoire for their entire lives. It was an amazing experience. Our lead singer was Skip Mahoney, a DC legend. It was a serious lesson in 'old school' classic R&B and soul music.

The 'big jump' to New York City was in 1997 and during my first few months in nyc I found myself subbing at a big band rehearsal which led to playing in Charlie Persip's Supersound Band for 3 years. Sitting next to Todd Bashore (who is an amazing alto sax player, composer & arranger) was the single most inspiring and demoralizing experience I've ever had in my life! A true 'put up or shut up' experience. Since then it's been one long amazing journey of listening, shedding, playing, writing and learning.

Currently Projects include...
• Seeker - original
jazz project
•Bob Rosen's Meetinghouse Jazz Orchestra which features the music of tenor sax player/composer/arranger Todd Anderson.
•Recent participant of the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop (2005-2008) under the direction of Jim McNeely, Mike Abene & Mike Holober.
Spottiswoode & His Enemies - original alternative rock - enemy number 3

Experiences playing with various musicians include...
Donald Byrd
David Leibman
Gary Bartz
Gary Thomas
Charlie Persip
Buck Hill
Vanessa Rubin
George Garzone
Renee Roznes
Billy Drummond
Odean Pope
Sonny Fortune
Keter Betts
George Colligan
Bobby Sanabria
Jane Ira Bloom
Ron Holloway
Tony Martucci
Nassar Abadey
James King
Rory Stuart

Charli Persip's Supersound - member from 1999-2002
Jeff Raheb's Contemporary Jazz Orchestra
Stan Ruben's Orchestra
Peter Silver Big Band
Art Lillard's Heavenly Band
Duke Ellington Big Band

SOUL ARTISTS
"King" Solomon Burke -European Tour & various East Coast shows
Chuck Jackson
Little Royal
Carla Thomas
Rufus Thomas
Clarence Carter

LATIN ARTISTS
Potato Valdez
Chepito Arias
La Jazz Orchestra
Groupo Vida de Miami
Bobby Sanabria

SWING BANDS
New Columbia Swing Orchestra
George Gee's Jump Jive & Wailers
Peggy Cone & The Central Park Stompers
Stan Rubin's Orchestra
Big Bang Big Band

Headline Shows
CANDACE DEBARTOLO QUINTET and TOO MUCH SAX at:
Blues Alley
The Kennedy Center
Carter Baron - opening for McCoy Tyner Big Band, Betty Carter

Also Performed at:
The Blue Note - nyc
Birdland - NYC
Smalls Jazz Club-nyc
Lincoln Theatre, Washington, DC
Kavehaz-NYC
Night & Day
Joe's Pub-nyc
Living Room - nyc

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