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Jazz camp season has arrived

June 7, 2017

I am leaving LA after one last Happiest Gig On Earth for three wonderful Jazz camps. Miami Valley Jazz Camp is first, followed by Joe’s Jazz Camp https://joesjazzcamp.com/ in GA, and finishing up with Music For All Summer Symposium at Ball St Univ.

Jocelyn Michelle Group to record live in beautiful downtown Burbank!

May 6, 2017

Come down to Viva Cantina in Burbank on May 13th-at 8pm we will record live for her new album. Organ Jazz from the good old days featuring a modern twist.

NDSU Jazz Fest 2017

February 13, 2017

What a great time performing and doing a Master Class at this year’s North Dakota State University Jazz Fest! Dr Kyle Mack and Sigurd Johnson were amazing hosts….the music and the hang were strong!

Insane Coaster Wars: World Domination

July 5, 2014

I may be seen on the Travel Channel July 6th at 7 or 7:30pm on Insane Coaster Wars: World Domination. I was part of a group that rode Full Throttle at Magic Mountain for several hours…..they will probably show the pretty girls….but keep an eye peeled for lil ol me too.

Booty Shakers

January 31, 2014

I’m honored to be a part of the Booty Shakers family of Artists!  Such a great product….makes ya think “why didn’t someone think of this sooner!”  This is my video talking about alternative uses for the product….check it out if you have a few minutes.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Am3Zyu9AWA&list=PL8ZhnbDgEats1pdpeH0avw68CzS5eKGpR&feature=c4-overview-vl

Remo Versa Drum

March 26, 2013

Just came across this new edit of the Remo Versa Drum AD I did-fun little find on a tuesday! Enjoy!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l_859xQqhwk

Drum! Clinics/Festival and performing

February 20, 2013

I am heading out to the wilds of MI to perform as a featured soloist with Mike Daniels LaBatterie concert this sunday Feb 24th.  From there I will be heading to Canada to the Optimist Jazz Festival in Winnipeg, Canada for three days of adjudication. I will then head to Regina Canada for clinics and teaching.

The March issue of Drum! has an ad for the Remo Versa Drum that features yours truly.  Issue 201 has the ad, and I am looking forward to getting a copy….or two.

NAMM and gigs

January 31, 2013

Well the NAMM show has come and gone again…and this year I was blessed to be part of the Remo AD for the new VersaDrum.  Saw many friends and made a few new ones, while looking at some wonderful gear from Remo, Zildjian, Vic Firth, Yamaha and Cympad.

I am playing on the road with Michael B Levin, in town….then headed on the road to Michigan and Canada.

Rex’s Band Brings Out The Stars

October 12, 2012

Rex Merriweather’s “This Ain’t Your Daddy’s Big Band” has been in residence at Las Hadas Restaurant for several years.  Lately, it has been the place where celebrities come to hear great Jazz music.  Joey Heatherton, Troy Lucketta (Tesla), Tony Dow and James Gandolfini have all stopped by recently.  It is a testament to music and how it brings people of all types together that Jazz draws so many folks to a little restaurant in the valley!

so blessed

May 5, 2012

I have just returned from a wonderful run of gigs with the Jocelyn Michelle Group and Blues Train on the island of Hawaii.  I also made my monthly appearance on the Christopher Gabriel Program…always such fun.  I am excited for May…recording with the First Baptist Church Pasadena…wednesday nights with Rex Merriweather’s Band….and some old school fun with Steve Waddington.

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