I’m a Seattle-based saxophonist, teaching artist, and author. Thanks for visiting my site. Download my bio.
A diverse group of beautifully crafted ensemble pieces—whether free, through-composed or somewhere in between. ★★★★
A nuanced, controlled, and compelling saxophonist.
– Earshot Jazz
A young and fresh take on modern jazz.
– iTunes Editors
Four-star review and “Best of 2014” list in DownBeat
Album coming in 2017. Live performance featured on NPR’s Jazz Night in America hosted by Christian McBride
Forthcoming book: Creativity Triggers for Musicians
Coming in 2017. Reserve a free copy.
I’m on faculty at Seattle Pacific University where I teach saxophone and improvisation.
This creative music experience gives musicians the tools, confidence, and community to create and perform their own music.
Visit my Clinic Page for more info about my clinics for musicians and educators.
I continued my education on scholarship at New England Conservatory of Music in Boston where I studied with jazz legends Jerry Bergonzi, Bob Brookmeyer, George Garzone and Steve Lacy. I hold a Master of Music degree from the University of Washington where I studied with renowned avant-garde trumpeter Cuong Vu.
In addition to leading my own band, I am a member of the Washington Composers Orchestra (WACO) directed by Wayne Horvitz, the Tom Varner Nonet, Seattle Soundpainting Ensemble, Jessika Smith Big Band, Phil Parisot Quartet, Zubatto Syndicate, and the Jim Knapp Orchestra. I have shared the stage with jazz greats Kenny Wheeler, Dave Douglas, Bob Brookmeyer, Bill Frisell, Steve Swallow, Ingrid Jensen, Donny McCaslin, Darcy James Argue, Terri Lyne Carrington, Jamie Cullum, Geoffrey Keezer, and Mike Stern.