Born: 1950 Primary Instrument: Sax, tenor
Professionally, I'm a social worker. Semi-professionally (part-time) musician and free lance writer, strictly non-fiction. As you can see from the AAJ web-site, I've written many book reviews, including those of children's picture books. Aside from AAJ my articles have appeared in DownBeat, The Christian Science Monitor, the children's Social Studies magazine AppleSeeds and local Baltimore publications. I've collaborated with sax man/composer Benny Golson on a children's picture book, as yet unpublished (hint), and have extensively researched Mary Lou Williams, with the aim of writing a biography for young adults.
Like most sax players, I started on clarinet as a kid and dabble in it now. In jazz I've played mostly mainstream but two years ago attended Salsa Meets Jazz, the Afro-Caribbean Jazz Seminar led by Eddie Palmieri & his octet members. I'm increasingly interested in Latin music. I've dabbled in composing, producing 9 tunes over the past few years including a Latin tune, Camp Clave, which I'd like to get into the hands of other bands (contact me if interested).
Since Fall, 2003 I've been on the steering committee of the new advocacy organization Baltimore Jazz Alliance. Our website is www.baltimorejazz.com.