I began composing when I was in my teens and experimented with melodies and harmony in jazz and pop styles. I didn’t seriously pursue composition until my mid-twenties. As an improviser, I approach composing with the idea that improvisation will be integral to the piece. Though I don’t let that interfere with the natural evolution of the piece, I want the process to be organic.
I’ve arranged my compositions for a variety of instrumentation:
Jazz sextet; piano, bass, drums, trumpet/flugelhorn, trombone, and woodwinds including bass clarinet; and tenor, c-melody, and baritone saxes.
Jazz quartet; guitar, bass, drums, and woodwinds.
Jazz big band
Vocalist with various instrumentation
I’ve had the privilege of being commissioned to write arrangements for jazz saxophonist Mark Colby and vocalist/actress Angela Ingersoll and the vocal group Under The Streetlamp.
I am also available for transcribing projects.