I was born in Champaign, IL. I have been playing the piano for 15 years. I also played keyboard and hammond b3 organ. I went to Parkland College, and began listening to and playing jazz at the age of nine. In the spring of 2002, I played for the Parkland jazz combo for three years under the direction of Kevin Hart. While at Parkland, I also played for the Ethnos Ensemble directed by Dr. Phillip J. Rogers. I graduated with a double degree, an Associate of Arts and an Associate of Fine Arts.
I attended (EIU), working on his Bachelor's of Music Education-with a vocal emphasis, keyboard principal and an option in Jazz Studies. I am currently playing for the EIU Lab Band and Jazz Combo II under the direction of Simon Rowe, Sam Fagaly, Paul Johnston, and Kyle Slemmer. In the spring of 2003, he played with Willie Atkins, a well-known saxophone player from the St. Louis area. I recently graduated fall 2006 with a Bachelor Degree in Jazz Studies. I recently got a chance to play the great jazz organist Joey Defrancesca from Arizona.
Now I have studied at Nothern Illinois worked on my Master's in Music. I have studied with the great jazz pianist Willie Pickens, jazz guitarist Fareed Haque, jazz trombonist Tom Garling , jazz trumpeter Art Davis, jazz educator Ron Carter.
I have had the priviledge to share the stage with the following in jazz, Simon Rowe, Sam Hankins, Sam Banks, Don Heitler, Travis Wesley, Byron Lanhaum, Paul Bollenback, Montez Coleman, Kevin Turner, Candy Foster Mark Mcknight, William Delisfort, Patrick Tebrack, Marquis Hill, Victor Lejeune, Jim Schram, Larry Brown, Rajiv Halim, Corey Fritz, Alejandro Fernandez, (D-Storm) Daniel Eastwood, Collin Clausen, Connor Grant, Michael Scherer, (Foxy) Josh Fox, (J-Mar) Josh Marcus, (Nicky-G) Nick Grill, Shawn Woolard, Tim Ludwig, Kevin Keller, David Oriente, Evan Wheeler, Jake Runestad, (A+) Aaron Wilson, Tyson Masar, Kyle Buffo, Michael Scherer, (Scotia) Scott Clements, Ryan Bosic, Mike Block, Charles Washington, Joe Burress, Chris Cvengros, Garret Schmidt, Center of Hope Choir, and Greg Spero. Now I am playing in the Chicago, IL area.