Born

New Orleans, Louisiana

Education

Master of Music - William Paterson University
Northeastern Illinois University Bachelor of Liberal Arts in Music Education Chicago, IL

Bass Teachers

Walter Payton
Master Bass Teacher, New Orleans, La

Richard Davis
History and Improvisation, Bass InstructorJazz Program, Director at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI

Ray Brown
Master Bassist & Teacher

Rufus Reid
Master Bassist & Teacher Author of “The Evolving Bass” Vol. 1 & 2

Music Travels
Global

Recordings

The “Babe” Paramount Recordings (sound track), Marcus Roberts (Columbia Records) “Blues for the New Millennium”,Cole After Midnight, and Jeremy Montero (Sangaji Music).

Motion Picture

The “Babe” Paramount Pictures), “Hoodlum” (MGM Pictures)

Cable Television

Food Channel, Sex in the City (HBO)

Commercial

First Merit Bank of Ohio, (principal role)

Theater Performances

ETA (The Song of Sad Young Men), Black Ensemble (Sweet Mamma String Bean), Jesus Christ Superstar & Dream Girls.

Orchestral Background

Northeaster Illinois Chamber Orchestra, Chicago Orchestra


Performances Experience

Billy Pierce, Barry Harris, Von Freeman, Donald Harrison,Nicholas Payton, Wynton, Bradford & Jason Marsalis, BettyCarter, Sonny Turrentine, & Marcus Roberts, to name a few.

Teaching Experiences

Private Bass Teacher
Chicago Public & Parochial SchoolsUrban Gateways (Artist in Residence) Chicago, ILNew York City Public Schools New Jersey Public Schools Conduct Bass Guitar workshop for Instrumental Band Teachers

Awards

Elmhurst Jazz fest (Best Group Perform). 1998 National Endowment for the Arts, 1995-96 Oppenhiemer Family Foundation 1995-96 Chicago Foundation for Education 1995-96 Expectation for Accomplished Teaching and Enhanced Hot 97 Hip Hop Symphony Program 2000 Louis Armstrong Education Foundation Grant Recipient 2003

Miscellaneous

“The Bow Stopper for Stringed Instruments” patented 1996Music Instructor for the release of Wynton Marsalis & Lincoln Center’sJazz for Young People Curriculum (www.jazzatlincolncenter.org)