Virtual Monterey Jazz Festival (Sept 25 - 27)
We start our journeys by imitating our idols and assimilating all the knowledge we can from the music and styles that inspire our dreams, but to truly contribute to the language of music and unlock new connections to the soul, one must take it another step further. An artist creates; an artist innovates. They bring something new to the world, and they know that even though everything they create is a risk they release their truth through their expression. Artists understand that music is not a competition, and that everyone’s voice is equally valid. They know that music is a democracy, and that having a team with you who shares your passion allows you to connect to a greater collective creative spirit whereby you mutually enhance and elevate one another while simultaneously bringing the audience along for the ride. Music has the power to open minds, touch hearts, and give peace. I play music to connect to my truth and share it with others.
Through an outstanding conservatory program where I attend school and regional programs sponsoring the arts, I have had opportunities to experience master classes with many artists, including Christian Howes, Jason Anick, John Daversa, Wayne Bergeron, Kenny Rampton, Victor Wooten, Tanya Darby, Diane Schuur, Joel Frahm, Dave Koz, and many more.
I am forever indebted to my teachers who nurtured my love of music and shared their wisdom. My gratitude goes out to Tamir Hendelman, Liz Arbus, Mark Massey, John Reynolds, Lee Secard, Dan St. Marseille, Katie Thiroux, Terri Lyne Carrington, Rick DiMuzio, Aimee Nolte, Mike Scott, and numerous others. A very special thanks also goes out to George Klabin of Resonance Records for believing in me and his strong support.