What is your primary instrument? Saxophone
Secondary instruments? Flute, Clarinet
When did you join the MTAC? What made you decide to join?
I am a new member as of August 2023! I joined because I have teaching colleagues, friends, family, and a long history in Alameda County having grown up there and attended K-12. The East Bay Area has a tradition of excellent jazz and music education. Additionally, I am an opportunist and always seeking new challenges and ways to collaborate with others in the same field. Running your own business, it's essential to network as often as possible to share ideas and create growth through synergy.
Fondest musical memory?
So many fond memories, but one of the most memorable and important was bringing home my first rental tenor saxophone in 5th grade. I was so excited to play that I put the saxophone together as well as I could with zero experience and headed straight for the front porch to play loudly for the entire neighborhood to hear.
Best advice you have been given as a musician?
Or advice you like giving?
Everyone has their own path, you have to find it for yourself! Some fantastic advice given by veteran band leader, Dick Bright, is to define what success means to you. To me success means making a comfortable living running a private music studio, in addition to playing gigs and recording with amazing musicians on the side.
Favorite musical era/composer/work?
The Bebop style of jazz. One of my all-time favorite jazz recordings is Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis and Johnny Griffin's album, Live at Minton's Playhouse in New York City. Known as "The Tough Tenors," this dynamic duo recorded several albums, but the most exciting are the live albums that catch their spontaneity and firey playing live in action.
Something you should know about me is:
I'm always honing my impromptu jokes and puns.
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