Journalist, trombonist and jazz enthusiast.
Grew up with music in the household and couldn't let it go. I've written
for multiple newspapers and online publications - currently writing for
the Sheboygan Press - and pick up the trombone to play with jazz
ensembles and bar bands, having had the opportunity to study with Robert
Baca and Richard Johnson and play with Terell Stafford, Nachito Herrera,
Wycliffe Gordon, Delfeayo Marsalis, Andy Martin, Byron Stripling, Geoff
Keezer and more.
My Jazz Story
I love jazz because... It was the first time I was excited about
playing the trombone.
I was first exposed to jazz... when I was a kid, my parents would
listen to some groups that were not mainstream jazz, but taught me a
lot about it. Steely Dan, Billy King, etc.
I met [musician name]... a lot of great musicians, thanks to the UW-
Eau Claire jazz program. Wycliffe Gordon, Terell Stafford, Michael
Mossman, etc. The list goes on.
The best show I ever attended was... Snarky Puppy in Milwaukee in
The first jazz record I bought was... Maynard Ferguson's Chameleon
My advice to new listeners... internalize!! Listening is fun, but
listening can be beneficial if you think about what you're hearing.