What do you do at Walker West?
I provide private woodwind instruction and assist in coaching ensembles.
Saxophone, flute, clarinet, and piano.
What style(s) of music do you teach/play?
Bebop, Classical, Blues, Swing, Fundamentals
What are some performance/professional highlights?
Playing with Kendrick Scott at the Detroit Jazz Festival with the University of Michigan Jazz Ensemble, and then meeting Wayne Shorter later that night with my friend Kasan. Also, getting to perform and record with groups I play with in the Twin Cities.
What was your first gig?
Playing with a Walker|West student group at the Selby Jazz Fest! I think my first paid gig was when I was 16, playing with a jazz quartet at a Christmas party.
Favorite Walker|West memory/experience?
Getting to participate in the Terence Blanchard Masterclass.
Lester Young, Barry Harris, Clifford Jordan, Wayne Shorter, Cedar Walton, Kenny Dorham, Bird, Cannonball Adderley, Thelonious Monk, Louis Armstrong, Ahmad Jamal, Ornette Coleman, Masabumi Kikuchi … to name a few
(instrumental) Showboat by Kenny Dorham
(vocal) All ‘n All by Earth, Wind, and Fire
Why is music education so important?
There aren’t many resources that help in navigating the emotional and mental frustrations of prolonged attention. Music helps to develop that concentration, while preserving one’s body, mind, and spirit.
Advice to young musicians?
Listen to music with each other! The most valuable things you discover in music are often discovered through someone sharing their experiences/ideas with you.
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