Freelance journalist & musician. I love improvisation & live electronics, in jazz and experimental music of all sorts.
I am a freelance writer and musician with a special interest in bebop-based jazz and experimental music. I also blog
“mature readers” comic books, especially those published by DC Comics under their Vertigo imprint. I studied
the University of Michigan, as well as privately with George Cacioppo (a member of the ONCE group). My writing
includes book reviews for Library Journal and Salem Press, and I was a regular contributor of recording reviews to
Magazine for over ten years. In 2016 I joined the staff of Minor 7th webzine (Reviewing the best in non-mainstream
My main instrument is guitar, but I double on bass and drums. I'm based in Charlotte, North Carolina.
My Jazz Story
I was first exposed to jazz in college when I met a fellow student who was interested in it. I was a singer/songwriter and rock guitarist interested in expanding my musical horizons. He recommended Charles Mingus, Miles Davis, Ornette Coleman and Thelonious Monk. Not a bad place to start, and still some of my favorites. Being a guitarist, I discovered Wes Montgomery on my own.