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I'm a trumpeter, composer, producer and bandleader all wrapped up into one. My catalog of published works consists of music of several genres ... Straight Ahead/Classic Jazz to Smooth Jazz & Contemporary Jazz, to R&B. You can listen to my CDs and single releases by just clicking on their artwork at the bottom of the page. Two of the projects were "considered" by the 2014 and 2017 Grammys, but came short of being nominated. It is my aim to write and record the perfect project that WILL receive a Nomination and go on to win a Grammy Award. It's about finding that perfect formula to make it work. But first, click on my two PLAYLISTS . . . solo projects of Contemporary & Smooth Jazz or Classic Jazz with my band GEQ. So crank up the volume and let it play!!!
GEQ is a perfect combination of musicians that "swing hard" on classic Jazz Standards and original pieces. However, they are the core of most of my solo projects. I add other musicians at the times when I need additional instrumentation or special styles of other greats musicians. Even though we perform and record Classic Jazz, I call upon Phil, Ibrahim, Robert or Jerry to record on my Contemporary Jazz projects.
Stuff I'm Doing Right Now
The business of composing music is where my head is right now. Hours in the studio, hours at my desk and hours just thinking about the hours in the studio and at my desk . . . yep, that's how my time is spent . . . not to mention the hours I spend writing my blogs about my work an about stuff in general.
It's all because I love what I'm doing. Putting into sounds, rhythms, harmonies and melodies, my life's experiences . . . painting pictures with sounds and causing reactions and generating feelings. Presently, I'm collaborating with Poet Anita Powell. Her recent publication titled Reflections of an Angel is a collection poetic affirmations. I have the honor of composing for the poems, to be released on a CD in the fall of this year.
I continue to get better at this as I go along. It's a never ending battle of what sound I want to make . . . a sound with what rhythm or coupled with what other sound to form what harmony or followed by what other sound to make a melody?
Artists will tell you that it's very difficult to create only one thing at a time. A painter's studio, for instance, may contain seven easels, each holding a canvass of a piece that he/she has started and is a "work in progress." I'm no different with my creations. A double drawer file cabinet full of file folders containing lead sheets and manuscript with scratched on notes and chord changes . . . work that I've started and then put aside, to elaborate on another idea. I do it over and over.
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I may go off the beat and path sometimes with my blogs and write on some things that I need your opinions on . . . some music or entertainment related subjects. You can always make your voice heard when you join us on our Email Newsletter. Put in your information on the widget at the bottle left of the page and join the fun.
Stuff Coming Up
We're updating our calendar now. Stay tuned for postings of where I'll be next.