Instructor, Jazz/Rock History
I've always had fun improvising and happened to grow up in an era when jazz was being introduced in public schools and during the first wave of interdisciplinary electronic music on the university level. Improvisational concepts from free jazz to blues-based rock to the John Cage school of thought were being explored in public and educational environments. Add the free spirit of the '60s and I was eager to create art featuring solo and group explorations.
Meanwhile I had wonderfully inspired teachers who passed on their drive and integrity. They impressed me with the importance of reaching deep and connecting with everyone honestly and humanly. That gave me a compassion for school environments where students and teachers learn and grow together. I love it so much I've been on campus every semester since kindergarten, 52 years and counting.
Along the way I've been both artist and commercial musician, having spent 20 years playing trombone in ballrooms, country clubs and dinner theatres. In the early '90s I hung up the tux and began producing series of multi-media shows in private galleries and community centers. For 16 years I worked for Dallas's NPR station, KERA, winning DJ of the year from the Dallas Observer.
This decade has been spent at the Bath House Cultural Center producing music and interdisciplinary shows for the City of Dallas. I've also provided music for various stage productions at the Bath House. It's been a great association leading to marrying Meadows and the Bath House in a new series, "Meadows at the Bath House."
Loving teaching and life is fueled by staying in constant performance mode and pushing forward in projects with people who live to play and work hard at having fun making art together. Every day I wake to a new challenge and opportunity to support my colleagues and students with trust and joy.
Education3 years of Jazz and Electronic Music doctoral (DMA) work at the University of North Texas.
M.M. in Trombone and Composition, Texas Christian University
B.M.E. (Bachelor of Music Education) with a minor in Jazz and Composition, Henderson University
Constantly looking for new performance inspiration to bring to 3 main projects.
Professional ExperiencePerforming music publicly since age 7. Extensive jazz, rock and experimental music experience. Specializing in group and solo improvisation in theatrical interdisciplinary settings.
TeachingJazz: Transition and Transformation; Music for Contemporary Audiences
My performances are my publications.
Currently producing "Meadows at the Bath House" for the City of Dallas; member of the jazz quintet "Jampact" with Meadows Dean Jose Bowen; artistic director of "BL Lacerta," an interdisciplinary music-dance quintet; member of the experimental noise trio, "The Flying Tidbits."