I am an improvising composer, arts advocate and educator; a product of the historic and fertile Black Music Division at Bennington College, directed by Bill Dixon. My early foundational studies were with the wonderful Frank Baird, who chaired the brass department at the University of Colorado's Boulder campus during the sixties and seventies. My current focus is the development of my own music for a variety of ensembles ranging from duo to nonette. I am very concerned with the plight of the local artist in his/her hometown and region, and with the importance of well-developed support for those of us who enjoy working close to home and being treated properly.
Over the years I have worked with a range of musicians, with a primary interest in large ensembles and composition: George Russell, LaMonte Young, Butch Morris, Rhys Chatham, Bill Dixon, Leroy Jenkins, JD Parran, Cecil Taylor/AHA! Orchestra, Adam Rudolph/Go: Organic Orchestra, Gunter Hampel and the Dells.
2009/Strategic Initiative Grant/Connecticut Commision on Culture and Tourism
2005/Creation of New Works Initiative/Edward C.and Ann T. Roberts Foundation
2004/Individual Artist Fellowship/Greater Hartford Arts Council
Schilke X4 Trumpet
Schilke XA1 Cornet
Vintage Besson Alto Horn
Willing to teach
I teach all levels on trumpet, and began teaching as an Artist in Residence with the Black Music Division of Bennington College in 1981. I also worked as a faculty member in several disciplines at The Harlem School for the Arts in the early nineties.
Master Classes in improvisation and small ensemble practice.