I'm most directly influenced on my instrument by Miles Davis, Kenny Dorham, Booker Little, and Thad Jones. I create music with bassist William Parker's critically acclaimed quartet (which includes Rob Brown on saxophone and Hamid Drake on drums), The Raining On The Piano Group, which adds pianist Eri Yamamoto and vocalist Leena Conquest to the quartet. Also, I'm in the The Little Huey Orchestra, and The Inside The Songs of Curtis Mayfield project (with Amiri Baraka, Leena Conquest, Darryl Foster, Sabir Mateen, and Dave Burrell). I also contribute my trumpet to Greg Tate's collective Burnt Sugar, which includes a host of tremendous and outstanding musicians. I've also worked and/or recorded with saxophonist Jemeel Moondoc, guitarist Jean-Paul Bourelly, The Holmes Brothers, Norah Jones, drummer William Hooker, the JC Hopkins Biggish Band, Chris Becker, Noizland, and numerous other musical projects. I've written and recorded original music for two films by Actress/Cinematographer Sandye Wilson, So Many Things to Consider and notsoprivatethoughts.