BIOGRAPHY

A few thoughts about me

Husband. Father. Musician. Jazz Musician. Composer of deep, meaningful music. If I can't inspire you, I need to pick another vocation. Love my wife. Love my kids. Love my friends. Love connecting with people through the music that comes to my heart and makes it onto the bandstand. The guys in my band are always my friends. We care about each other as well as giving it all we've got when it's time to play. When I get the band together for a gig it's not really about me but us. Not just about us but about the music. Not just about the music but about the people who give us their ear for a moment in time. That's what makes playing together so rewarding. We want to move you, inspire you, and share our joy with you. 
Besides all that, I have my undergrad in Saxophone Performance from the University of South Carolina and a Master's in Jazz Studies from the University of North Texas. I played tenor in the US Army Blues Jazz Ensemble in Washington, D.C. for 21 years, and am currently Professor of Saxophone and Jazz Studies at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA.  

Influences

Equipment

Tenor: Selmer Mark VI---SK Origin DM 104---Robertos Winds Reeds 3.5 soft

https://www.skmouthpieces.com/tenor-sax/origin-metal-tenor

Alto: Selmer SA 80---Saxquest "The Lead" size 6---D'Addario Select Jazz, 3S filed

https://www.saxquest.com/product/view/saxquest-the-lead-alto-saxophone-mouthpiece-P9251

Soprano: Yamaha 62---Jody Jazz 6m---Vandoren Blue Box 2.5, 3

Hopefully, more than I can list here, but it's at least good start...

John Coltrane, Dexter Gordon, Charlie Parker, Sonny Stitt, Sonny Rollins, Ben Webster, Gene Ammons, Kenny Garrett, Bendik Hofseth, Miles Davis, Keith Jarrett, Elvin Jones, Thad Jones, Wayne Shorter, Walt Weiskopf... 

Influences