I was born in Detroit Michigan on the 10th of December 1963 .
I am the 10th child of 11 children. At an early age I was inspired to play music while listening to my father prepare for choir rehearsals. My father listened to all types of music from Bach to Charlie Parker, and my siblings listened to everything. This had a great impact on me as I was exposed to all styles of music at an early age.
I have studied with Marcus Belgrave, George “Sax” Benson, Barry Harris, Yusef Lateef, Faruq Z. Bay, James Carter, Kenny Garrett, Teddy Harris , Harold Mckinney and Grammy Award winning saxophonist, pianist and producer Kamau Kenyatta.
I have been playing saxophone, flute, and clarinet for over 40 years. I have performed extensively in Metro Detroit and abroad (England, Italy, Germany, Spain, Switzerland U.S. Virgin Islands and The Dominican Republic) I started my musical education in grade school studying with renowned clarinettist William , P. Mobley. I also started teaching clarinet when i was 14 years old at Manistee Music Camp. At 15 and 16 years old I attended Interlochen Arts Academy where I was 1st chair on clarinet in the Symphonic Wind Ensemble.
I continued my musical education while attending Cass Technical HS. Cass Technical High School is one of the United States most preeminent schools! It is also a city-wide, examination-entry, college preparatory, educational institution that offers a rich tradition of educational success via a curriculum-structured, accelerated-learning environment. I majored in music and studied all aspects of music: voice , piano , percussion , music theory , harmony, and conducting.
While at Cass Tech I performed with the Symphonic Wind Ensemble, the Concert Band, the Orchestra (solo clarinet in all 3 in the 10thgrade) and the Jazz band. In my senior year I transferred to Northwestern HS so I could further my Jazz studies with world renowned Saxophonist and Educator Ernie Rodgers.
I performed at The Montreux Switzerland Jazz Festival in 1985 where I was awarded a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music. While there I was also mentored by Giuliano Crivelli (Italian painter, sculpture, musician). I attended Berklee College of Music Boston Ma. from 1986 – 1988. I decided to live in the Boston area and was the owner of a successful Dance and Martial Arts studio for 15 years. This allowed me the opportunity to continue my studies with Andy McGee , Joe Viola , Jerry Bergonsi , Joe Lavano and Billy Pierce. I also performed with several local bands including Brazilian, Latin, Smooth Jazz, Reggae etc.
I came here to perform and fell in love with Phnom Penh.