On the Move
I’ve been a wanderer my entire life… It’s so fitting I became a musician. There is nothing I have loved more in my life than touring the world. meeting its people and experiencing life from behind a saxophone. From the time I was old enough to be kicked out the back door to go play, I have had an insatiable desire to explore the world and see what’s on offer. I feel exactly the same way about music…
I’m a saxophone player, composer, arranger, producer, studio engineer, computer nerd, avid reader and a pretty damned good cook. There’s lots of information here on the various things I’m into and up to, and I’m sure you’ll find something to entertain yourself with while you’re here.
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This is the latest project I’ve recently completed. Recorded over four days in January of 2017, I arranged, produced, played on and mixed this project for the inimitable Southside Johnny. It was released on Leroy Records in December of 2017.
New York Horns
Celebrating our 20th anniversary in 2017! Begun as a horn section in 1997 by myself and my dear friend and trumpeter Chris Anderson, New York Horns has now evolved into a world class band, playing diverse and listenable music. In 2014 Chris and I wrote, arranged and produced this album.
In 2016, I produced, recorded, mixed, wrote horn arrangements for and played on this release from guitarist Glenn Alexander. It’s a cool blending of soul, rock n roll, and country. Glenn’s got a unique thing going and the band is a ton of fun.
Little Bit 'o History
Originally from North Carolina, I’ve lived in New York City for the past 31 years, becoming part of the tapestry of the city’s vibrant music scene. Originally relocating to NY to study, I was part of the very first graduating class of the New School’s Jazz & Contemporary Music program, where I received my bachelor’s degree, and I had the distinct pleasure of studying with renowned saxophonist Jimmy Heath and pianist Roland Hannah while pursuing my master’s degree at Queens College, part of the City University of New York.
My career has seen me perform with artists as varied as Diana Ross, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, The Allman Brothers, Little Feat, They Might Be Giants, Vaneese Thomas, Mary Wilson, Bernard Purdie, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, The Spinners, The O’Jays, The Four Tops, The Temptations, and a multitude of others. Equally at ease in the theater pit as on the performance stage, I’ve performed and/or toured with the Broadway musicals A Night With Janis Joplin, Memphis, Hair, Hairspray, In The Heights, Movin Out, Five Guys Named Moe, and The Rocky Horror Show.
I also love the studio as a performer, producer, and engineer. As an Apple certified Logic Pro, I’m is often called on to install, troubleshoot and teach studio installations of Apple’s flagship audio program. I’ve written, performed and produced music for television and film, from CBS Sports and NBC News to daytime talk shows like Sally Jesse Raphael, Maury Povich, and Oprah. My saxophone and woodwind playing has been featured on local and national TV & radio, and my horn section arranging skills have been used on numerous recordings.
I also play of the Akai EWI (Electronic Wind Synth). I’ve devoted much energy and time to developing the relationship between the EWI and Logic, while bringing the instrument to a wider audience. The very informative website, www.ewilogic.com, was developed and is maintained by me, to help further these goals.
I am also a founding member of New York Horns (aka the Juke Horns), a horn section specializing in the writing, recording, performance and promotion of horn section oriented music. Since 1997, NYH has been a fixture of the New York music scene, performing, recording and writing for artists of all types and styles. Their recent album, New York Horns, has garnered rave reviews by fans and press alike for its soul & blues infused American roots music.
I currently split my time between gigs for worldwide music icon Diana Ross and the legendary New Jersey soul/rock band, Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes, regularly touring throughout the US, Europe, and Asia.
I recently began teaching at Sarah Lawrence College, in Bronxville, NY where I am the saxophone instructor, as well as teaching ensembles and jazz arranging. I’m enjoying working with the next generation of young musicians. They inspire me to continue to study and grow.
I am thrilled to be an artist with Cannonball Saxophones, Aaron Drake Mouthpieces, Silverstein Ligatures, AMT Microphones, D’Addario Reeds, and Dynasample performance synthesizers.