About Me

 

I would like to give a brief overview of my studies and teaching

I Moved from England to New York in 93 and studied saxophone and theory with renowned saxophonist, Dave Glasser, a sideman in the Clark Terry Quintet. I played around New York as a sideman and soloist at Don Hill’s, The Ear Inn, The Liquor Store and No Moore before going on to more formal study in college.

I began in the Jazz program at San Francisco State University, studying sax and piano with John Handy, Hafez Moderzedeh, Dee Spencer, Andrew Speight and Wayne Wallace. I was fortunate enough to take private instruction with Branford Marsallis. I played lead alto in the San Francisco State Big band at the state finals and had several gigs around the Bay area, as well as leading my own trio.

At this time I decided to improve my playing by moving to Duquesne University in Pittsburgh. I took applied lessons with classical tenor master, James Houlik as well as sax quartet and jazz combo with Steve Pollock, Mike Tommaro and Dr. John Willson. I also studied piano and teaching methods. I graduated with a bachelor of music in saxophone. At this time I had a small studio of students as well as my own quintet playing clubs and corporate functions. I had the opportunity to play in The Roger Humphries Big Band as well as festivals and the the Pittsburgh Jazz Society. I played at The Manchester Craftsman’s Guild, Dowe’s On 9th, Pittsburgh Symphony Hall cafeteria and functions at events. I played various pit orchestras in productions including Damn Yankee’s and for The Pittsburgh Opera’s production of The Three Penny Opera.

I began the Bar Harbor Jazz Festival in 2004 and ran it for three years. I gained sponsorship, permits and performers, Kenny Werner, Dave Glasser Quartet, Laslo Gardoney to name a few. We provided master classes at the high school for local musicians. I also had a group of high school students that I worked with, eventually leading to paid gigs with me as band leader. I played with my own group, Four, opening for pianist Ronnie Mathews and sax player, Dave Glasser at The Criterion Theater. I also performed at The Bangor Blues festival with guitarist Mike Billings and was side man with Kansas sax legend Harvey Kaiser on his visit to Maine.

I have since settled in South Florida. I have been teaching for ten years and currently teach sax, flute, clarinet, piano and theory. I am the Director of Music at The Harvest Christian Academy in Clewiston, Florida, where I am developing a program from K through 8. The goal is to develop through all grades at the school. My Jazz quartet “Remedy” perform around Palm Beach and you can find me weekly at The Blue Anchor Pub, N2 Wine Bar and The Colony Hotel in Delray Beach. I have played in a variety of musical styles in the area. Currently I perform with numerous local bands as well as jazz gigs at The Delray Beach Club, Palm Beach Polo Club, corporate and wedding functions around South Florida. I am also playing with Floyd A Tribute with a tour to be announced.