Art Director and design educator from San Diego. I've been playing drums since 1986 in many different local situations. Formed my playing around the pocket players, and my favorites are Starks and Stubblefield, Al Jackson Jr., Earl Palmer, Idris Muhammad, etc. Also a major jazz fan who bows to the alter of Coltrane, but loves all of my Hank Mobley records equally (especially those with Billy Higgins). Well, almost anything on Blue Note is good with me, particularly records with Al Harewood, Joe Chambers, Art Taylor, Mickey Roker, etc. Spent the bulk of the 90s looking for soul jazz records—especially anything with Idris, Purdie, etc.

For some reason I was late to the Tony thing. I had records with him on them, but was Nefertiti that really did it (obvious, I know). I could actually say the same thing about Max Roach. Always appreciated his foundational contributions, but something really clicked with him for me last year. Deeds, Not Words is my favorite.

Finally getting my jazz playing act together after too many years of avoiding it. Now I can't see why I always overly-mystified approaching it as a player. Better late than never.

I currently play in three different projects that gig fairly often. Mainly rhythm/roots and raw R&B music. And I look forward to my first jazz trio gig—whenever that will be.

San Diego, CA