I strive to be a melodic improviser. Just as each sentence I write conveys a thought, each phrase I play conveys a feeling.
Don Ferrara, the master teacher of jazz improvisation, has mentored me in this art of playing jazz trumpet.
I am influenced by all the players who exhibit outstanding innovation, intensely swinging time, and remarkable lyricism. In particular, I listen to Charlie Parker, Lennie Tristano, Lester Young, Chet Baker, Roy Eldridge, and Zoot Sims. I have built, with Don’s guidance, and through these influences, my personal expression of melodic improvisation.
My lifelong striving enables me both to express myself as a player, and to imbue my students with the same enthusiasm.