Credits

Select Discography

As a Leader

The River (2013, Motéma)
Another Look (2010, Motéma)
One Sky (2007, Motéma)
Here and Now (2001, Sirocco Jazz)
Real World (1997, RWM)

As a Sideman

John Wojciechowski
• Focus (2015, Origin Records)

Lorin Cohen
• Home (2015, Origin Records)

Joe Locke
• Lay Down My Heart: Blues & Ballads, Vol. 1 (2013, Motéma)
• Joe Locke Quartet & Lincoln Symphony Orchestra, Wish Upon A Star (2013, Motéma)

Geof Bradfield
• Melba! (2013, Origin Records)
• African Flowers (2010, Origin Records)

Joel Adams’s Chicago Yestet
• Just Say Yes (2014)

Joe Clark
• Lush (2013, Jazzed Media)

Bob Lark
• Reunion (2011, Jazzed Media)

Kobie Watkins
• Involved (2009, Origin Records)

Orbert Davis
• Collective Creativity (2008, 316 Jazz)
• Blue Notes (2004, 316 Jazz)
• Priority (2001, 316 Jazz)
• With Strings Attached (1995, Copia)

Ed Breazeale
• Just Beyond (2006)

David Bloom/Cliff Colnot
• Duende (2004)

Sirgio Pires
• Umbigo (1999, Dende Music)

Byron Febbs
• Blue With Envy (1994, Lake Shore Jazz)

As a Composer/Arranger

Ramsey Lewis
• The Best Of Ramsey Lewis (2006, GRP)
• Meant To Be (2002, Narada)
• Appassionata (1999, Narada)
• Dance Of The Soul (GRP, 1998)

John Moulder
• Trinity (2006, Origin Records)

Select Writing Credits

• Original composition Steppin’ Up featured in director Bette Gordon’s latest film The Drowning
• Commissioned by The Scottish National Jazz Orchestra led by Tommy Smith to arrange for the ensemble
• Arranged three works for Lincoln’s Symphony Orchestra and Joe Locke Quartet
• Penned over 200 original works
• Composed original score for the feature film, Tapioca, starring Ben Vereen
• Composed theme song to Legends of Jazz nationally syndicated TV program
• Composed and arranged 20 plus works for Ramsey Lewis recording and concert projects
• Arranger for the Grant Park Symphony Orchestra with Otis Clay for PBS TV
• Co-composed and produced score for Art Works Projects’s touring multimedia piece, Horn of Africa
• Composed and produced original score to short film, Dogwalker

Select Teaching Experience

• Artist-in-Residence at the University of Louisville School of Music’s Jamie Aebersold Jazz Studies Program (2016)

Private instruction on piano, composition and arranging; lectured on improvisation and theory; coached small and large jazz ensembles

• The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad Program  (2009)

Led jazz workshops and performed concerts on international tour of Eastern Europe.  Countries visited: Russia (Krasnodar, Bryansk, Kursk, Chelyabinsk, Moscow, Voronezh, Tula, Kaluga, Obninsk), Ukraine (Kiev, Kharkiv), Belarus (Minsk, Borisov)

• University of Illinois at Chicago (2008): Assistant Director of Large and Small Jazz Ensembles
• The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad Program (2008)

Led jazz workshops on international tour of Africa and The Middle East.  Countries visited: Rwanda (Kigali, Butare), The Democratic Republic Of Congo (Lumbumbashi), Uganda (Kampala), Zimbabwe (Harare, Norton), Jordan (Amman, Zarqa)

• Faculty member of Skidmore Jazz Institute (1995, 1998, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006)

Led small group ensembles; private piano instruction; taught improvisation and composition master-classes; worked with faculty members Milt Hinton, Ed Shaunessy, Curtis Fuller, Frank Mantooth, Renee Rosnes, Bill Cunliffe, Todd Coolman, Pat La Barbera, Dick Oatts, Vince DiMartino & John La Barbera

• Guest lecturer with Orbert Davis’s Jazz Alive and Jazz Academy programs (2000 – 2011)
• Bloom School of Jazz (1998 – 2001): private piano instruction; improvisation lecturer
• Private piano and composition teaching studio (1993 – present)
• Clinician (2001 – present)

DePaul University, Columbia College, Univeristy of Illinois, Roosevelt University, Old Town School Of Music (Chicago, IL); Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, IL); New Trier HS (Winnetka, IL); Lake Forest HS (Lake Forest, IL); Niles North HS (Skokie, IL); Rolling Meadows HS (Rolling Meadows, IL); Purdue University (West LaFayette, IN), LaPorte HS (LaPorte, IN); LaFayette Jefferson HS (LaFayette, IN); Bloomington High School South (Bloomington, IN); North Central HS (Indianapolis, IN); Centre College (Danville, KY); University Of Louisville, Youth Performing Arts School (Louisville, KY); Cuyahoga Community College (Cleveland, OH); Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, NY); IAJE (NY, NY); Riverside Community College (Riverside, CA); Medicine Hat College, The Calgary Jazz Festival (AB, Canada); Kyiv Mohyla Academy (Kiev, Ukraine); National Music Conservatory (Amman, Jordan); Tavrida National University, Simferopol Music College (Crimea)

Select Awards and Honors

• Sundance Music and Sound Design Lab Fellowship (2014)
• New Jazz Works: Commissioning and Ensemble Development Award – Chamber Music America (2014 – 2017)
• Aaron Copland Recording Program Grant (2012)
• Composer’s Grant – American Music Center (2010)
• Guggenheim Fellowship for Composition (2009)
• Ryan Cohan Quartet selected for ‘The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad’ (2009)
• Chicago Assisted Arts Program Grant (2009)
• New Works: Creation and Presentation Award – Chamber Music America (2008)
• Encore Award – Chamber Music America (2008)
• Ryan Cohan Quartet selected for ‘The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad’ (2008)
• Park City Music Festival ‘Audience Favorite’ Award for original score to Tapioca (2008)
• Composition Fellowship – Illinois Arts Council (2007)
• Chicago Assisted Arts Program Grant (2007)
• Chicago Assisted Arts Program Grant (2006)
• New Works: Creation and Presentation Award – Chamber Music America (2005)
• Composition Fellowship – Illinois Arts Council (2000)