Music-making is my craft: my work includes performing, composing, arranging, transcribing, engraving, and inspiring people of all ages to engage with and actualize the music that they love.
My music draws from the breadth of my studies and artistic interests. The music we call jazz is central to my work; its ability to readily incorporate and refashion ideas from other kinds of music and forms of art fuels my appreciation and capacity for further means of expression.
I play saxophones and double on clarinet and flute. I am versed in many musical approaches: jazz, blues, gospel, Latin music, hip-hop, rhythm & blues, funk, rock, classical, choral and more. I perform for all kinds of occasions: weddings, galas, parties, dances, etc. I can be commissioned for new compositions, arrangements, transcriptions and adaptations. I am skilled at scorewriting software and offer copyist services. Finally, I provide instruction in my areas of expertise because interfacing with other learners -- and one should never truly stop being a student -- at various stages of development is a critical part of my arts practice.
I've studied music for over twenty years and worked in live music production and arts education since 2007. I earned Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
I come from a musical family, however I got my start in music like a lot of people; I joined the band at my school when I was in fifth grade. It wasn't until I got involved with jazz band in high school that I really felt like music was something I could do for the rest of my life. Something about the feeling, the expression, the tradition and experimentation ignited a passion that has never left me. Jazz so readily incorporates ideas from other music and art forms that the deeper I got into it, the more I sought out those accessory concepts as ends unto themselves. I began studying music theory, performing with choirs, orchestras and other ensembles, and writing music. I studied composition, saxophone, and jazz performance in college. Since school, I have worked for the Chicago Jazz Ensemble and then for the Center for Community Arts Partnerships -- working to entertain, enlighten, and educate through music.