My musical journey started at an early age. My earliest memories of music involve enjoying records with mom & dad, playing piano with grandma, and hearing grandpa play fiddle. Public school music programs supported me playing woodwinds, keyboard and guitar. Colleges helped me attain a masters degree in Jazz Studies and Improvised music and lots of experience, performing, gigging and teaching. Moving to the Pacific Northwest in the 90s, I became immersed in the local spirits creativity, ingenuity and art. It is a honor to play with some of the world's finest musicians!
I keep a busy playing, recording, and studio schedule in the Pacific Northwest. My current music projects include: The Olympia Jazz Tenttette and the all improv Seattle collective How Now Brown Cow. Past projects include: reggae/jamband band High Ceiling, serving as music director for the South Sound Swing Orchestra,
My work is featured on several albums, including:
High Ceiling' "Easy"
Adam Snyder' "Hum & Hiss"
Lavon Hadison' Come Together"
Kosta Lois' "In Many Ways"
Scott Askew's "So It Happens"
Jenny Jenkins's "Oventoucher"
I enjoy performing with several theater groups. I've been able to sharpened my multi-instrumental skills as a member of Harlequin Productions house band for several years. I have performed in many shows and musical reviews including, Sixties Chicks, Summer in the 60s, 70s Summer Session Roots of Rock, Startdust, and the musicals Jesus Christ Superstar, Little Shop of Horrors and A Christmas survivors guide.
I also work closely with Open Road Productions as a band leader and musician. Open Road Productions is an Olympia, Washington based production company, dedicated to production and marketing of original theatrical and audio drama works.
An active performer and music educator in the Olympia/Tumwater community, I currently serve as Professor of Music and Director of Jazz Studies for South Puget Sound Community College, clinician and guest artist for K-12 regional schools and am a jazz director and lecturer at Saint Martin's University.