Born and raised on the musical mecca of 47th street in Chicago, and grew up listening to all the greats like Lou Rawls, Jackie Wilson, Stevie Wonder, The Temptations and BB King, to name a few, who played at the Regal Theater, where his uncle, Red Saunders was the drummer and bandleader. On the same block of 47th and Drexel Blvd. where he lived, jazz greats like Gene Ammons played at the Southerland hotel.Although he had great jazz uncles Red Saunders, and the pianist Earl Washington, he didn't really appreciate them fully at the time, and played funk with top 40 bands in Chicago. He did not get serious about jazz until he went to the jam sessions that were hosted by Sonny Stitt at the Grass Hut on 79th street and discovered how much he had to learn! He enrolled in Chicago State University to study under the great Bunky Green in 1977, but did not devote his self totally to jazz, and continued to play funk until 1979. He discovered reggae music through his friend Ray Bean in 1980, and was inspired by the great messages of Bob Marley and Steel Pulse. He decided that he wanted to say something important in his lyrics like his reggae heroes. In jazz,Eddie Jefferson, Gil Scott Heron and Oscar Brown Jr, inspired that train of thought. He was then inspired to blend his two great loves, jazz and reggae with Master musicians who were on the same page. That is the wonderful day when, Byrds of a Feather was born in 1983.