since childhood. studied voice, piano, and composition
What was the first concert you ever went to?
jefferson airplane, seland arena. everything was memorable.. i was 11.
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
longtime influences- debussy, joni mitchell, shirley horn, carmen mcrae, chet baker, miles davis, dexter gordon, ray barretto, billy strayhorn, nat king cole, al di meola, paco de lucia, santana, jaco pastorius, joao gilberto, gladys knight, stevie wonder, ricki lee jones, eva cassidy
current influences- cassandra wilson, tierney sutton, dulce pontes, kate ceberano, diana krall, astor piazzolla, delta blues..
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
worked with various bands touring the west coast and hawaii, the playboy club- sapporo, pepe la moco's- tokyo, and pacific USO tours.
forming acoustic latin/jazz/blues trio for recording projects. Seek upright bass, guitar, and percussion. I have a cache of fresh hip arrangements with lots of room to feature each player..and some original material. sincere appreciation for spanish, afro-cuban, brazilian, and delta influences..
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
shirley horn, astor piazzolla, anyone who really loves acoustic jazz, blues.. especially fond of spare arrangements, restrained tempo, and cuban, spanish, or brazilian roots
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
the USO audiences could be a packed theatre, or half a dozen guys at a remote site. I love working intimate settings..
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
i would sneak 2..
miles davis- kind of blue, joni mitchell- mingus
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