Chip's obsession with Latin Jazz fills his bass playing, teaching, blogging, and composing full of clave . . .
I am a bass player, composer, educator, and writer from the San Francisco Bay Area with a
passionate interest in Latin Jazz. I was first introduced to the music of Cuba and Brazil
during my undergrad music studies at San Jose State University, and there was no turning
back. Since then, I've focused my bass playing on a combination of Latin greats such as
Israel "Cachao" Lopez and Jazz players like John Patitucci. My composition follows in the
footsteps of Latin Jazz legends such as Tito Puente and Chucho Valdes. Academic studies
have led me to Wesleyan University where I earned a Master's Degree in Ethnomusicology
with a focus on Cuban popular music. I've had the priviledge to play with great musicians
such as Pete "El Conde" Rodriguez, Karl Pereza, Mark Levine, and more. I am the Music
Director at Sir Francis Drake High School, where I run a Jazz Big
Band. I regularly update a blog entitled The
Latin Jazz Corner. In fact, I'm not sure if
there is a moment during the day when I'm not hearing clave in my head.