Work History

Work History
1996 - Present

Instructor

The Guitar Workshop

Teaching music and technology is a passion of mine.  I feel it is a way to give back all that I have received by having music in my life.  I currently give private lessons to students of all ages and levels. The past 15 years of teaching private lessons have been insightful and enriching, helping me to continuously reflect and refine my pedagogy. Recently I have been working on a Guitar Methods book  and a series of educational videos that explain my approach to teaching guitar and music theory.

1990 - Present

Musician/Producer/Engineer

Freelance Work

For over 20 years, I have balanced the talents of performing, recording, producing and teaching lessons. Traveling the country from New York to New Orleans to San Francisco, I have played music in thousands of venues big and small. It has been a pleasure to be invited to play on and engineer hundreds of recording projects with prominent artists including Jim Brock and Tim Cashion. In addition, I have engineered 5 albums of my own projects, including green Light andAutomatic Chi. In 2002, I was invited to compose 4 songs for the soundtrack to the film Walking the West, which won Best Documentary at the California Independent Film Festival that year. 

I consider myself to be a versatile musician, playing many instruments in a range of styles. I have had the privilege of playing with some of the best musicians of this era, including John ScofieldGrover Washington Jr, Four80East, and Walter Beasley. I have opened for James Brown, Charlie Hunter, Oteil Burbridge, and Robert Walters. Venues of note include the Knitting Factory in NYC, DBA in New Orleans, the Boom Boom Room in San Francisco and SOHO in Santa Barbara. I even played a stint for the Ringling Brothers Circus.

New projects abound in the studio and on the road this year. The first album from my latest Guitar project, Automatic Chi has just been released and the documentary, The Spirit of Sacajawea, whose soundtrack features my work on Guitar and Bass, is soon to be released. House of Fire, a reggae project, and Jazz is Led, modern interpretations of Led Zeppelin tunes, are two of my latest Bass projects. These days I am staying closer to home.  I run a small recording studio at my house  where I have engineered projects for local talents, including singer/songwriter Lindsey Horne, Bellyfull and Bubonik Funk. I recently won the 2012 Regional Artist Project Grant from the Arts & Science Council.  I am using this to fund a recording of my original compositions featuring Jim Brock, Lovell Bradford, Adam Snow, and George Porter Jr. of The Meters.

Jan 2011 - Present

Adjunct Professor of Jazz Guitar

Davidson College

I am very excited to be teaching Jazz guitar at Davidson College.  The Jazz program is growing and getting stronger every semester.  It is fulfilling to see my students learning and applying that knowledge to their ensemble classes as well as their own personal growth.  I currently teach both Jazz Guitar and Jazz Bass to music majors and non-majors.

1990 - 1996

Studio Musician/Engineer

Sound Choice Studio

I recorded thousands of songs for Sound Choice, the largest producer of Karoke tracks in the world.  I was responsible for recreating the guitar tracks from hit recordings and engineering those tracks to achieve the sounds of that particular recording.

Education

Education

Additional Music Studies

Since studying music at UNC Charlotte while pursuing my degree in Business and Accounting, I have continued to pursue musical training privately with professional musicians, including:

-- Oz Noy (Performed with Richard Bona, Chris Botti, Harry Bellefonte, Toni Braxton, Gavin Degraw, Clay Aiken)

-- Jim Campilongo (Performed with Norah Jones, Cake, Martha Wainwright, Teddy Thompson)

-- Joel Harrison (Performed with Dave Liebman, Norah Jones, David Binney, Uri Caine, Dan Weiss )

1996 - Present

Berklee College of Music

Studied with:

-- Tomo Fujita (Former students include Eric Krasno of Soulive and John Mayer)

-- Norman Zocher (Touring guitarist for John Medeski, Bob Moses, Oliver Lake)

-- Joe Rogers  (Eastern philosophy to develop the guitarist as a whole musician)

1987 - 1992

Bachelor of Science

University of North Carolina at Charlotte

My background with business and accounting gave me the tools to manage my career as a professional musician for the past 20 years.  Moreover it has allowed me to manage my own creative projects as well as the projects of others.