Had a GREAT time of playing to some enthusiastic audiences at The Jazz Showcase in Chicago last week Thursday thru Sunday with my quartet featuring James Cammack on bass, Justefan on vibes and Makaya McCraven on drums. Our opening night set received an excellent review from The Chicago Tribune, and above/below are a few video excerpts from our sets. Additional footage will be posted soon.

More exciting events are on the horizon including my quartet with Joe Locke appearing at The Chicago Jazz Festival and the debut of my sextet at Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola at Jazz at Lincoln Center in NYC with some of my favorite East Coast musicians. To read more about these and other upcoming performances along with release info on a couple fantastic new recordings of which I’m a part, check out my summer newsletter HERE.

I am honored to be a recipient of Chamber Music America’s 2014 New Jazz Works Grant supported by The Doris Duke Foundation! The new project will feature my sextet (2 woodwinds, trumpet/flugelhorn and rhythm section) plus a string quartet. Details coming soon, so stay tuned…


A new Film Music page is now available on this site featuring some of my work from the Sundance Composers Lab as well as other cues I have composed. You can click on this link to take you there or click on the Film Music drop down tab on the Music menu above. Below is a sample track from the page. Thanks for checking it out!!

Just returned from an incredibly inspiring two weeks with Sundance Institute’s Music and Sound Design Lab at Skywalker Ranch where I had the opportunity to collaborate with an amazingly talented group of artists (composers, Skywalker sound designers, engineers and staff, Sundance directors, technical advisors & editors). Huge thanks to the Sundance Institute for the opportunity!
Music & Sound Design - Feature Film - GROUP PHOTO
© 2014 Sundance Institute | Photo by Jen Siska

I am thrilled and honored to have been selected as a Feature Film Fellow for Sundance Institute’s Music and Sound Design Lab at Skywalker Sound this July!

“At the Music and Sound Design Lab, a joint initiative of the Institute’s Film Music Program and Feature Film Program, composers and directors will explore the collaborative process of writing music for film. Fellows also participate in workshops and creative exercises under the guidance of leading film composers and film music professionals acting as Creative Advisors who this year will include: composers Harry Gregson-Williams, James Newton Howard, Blake Neely, Alan Silvestri; sound designer, Randy Thom; film music agent Robert Messinger; BMI Vice President, Doreen Ringer Ross; and music editor, Adam Smalley.” Read the press release HERE.