Gospel Music, Jazz, R&B, Pop, Production, Bass, Latin Music, Fusion, Rock, Logic Pro
Miles Davis, Jimi Hendrix, John Scofield, Victor Wooten, Dirty Loops, Israel Houghton & New Breed, Fred Hammond, The Beatles, Led Zepplin, Mutemath, Stevie Wonder, Michael Jackson, The Count Basie Orchestra
Fender Jazz Bass, Fender Precision Bass, Fender Stratocaster, Fender Telecaster, Gibson 335, Fender Rhodes, Moog Voyager, Hammond B3 Organ, Nordstrand Basses, DSI Prophet
Bass, Guitar, Keyboards, Ukulele, Recording
My earliest performing took place in the Youth Gospel Choir at New Song Community Church where I was exposed to gospel music at a very young age. When I was about 10 yrs old I started playing piano, and within a year was playing Mozart and Beethoven pieces by ear. As a teenager I picked up guitar and bass and was heavily influenced by Stevie Ray Vaughan. I received a full scholarship to Mt. Hood Community College where I became heavily steeped in Jazz greats like Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and countless others. I received an Associates Degree in Music from Mt. Hood and was then offered a scholarship to Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA to study bass.
While in Los Angeles I became very involved in the local music scene and worked full time as a bass player at local clubs and teaching/performing at the school. I was awarded the prestigious Stanley Clarke Scholarship while in Los Angeles and earned my Bachelors Degree in Bass Performance (Contemporary Styles).
Recently relocated back to Portland, I have been working as a bassist around town performing and teaching. I love teaching because music has enriched my life so much and I like sharing that with other people. I like seeing the "light come on" when my students start understanding a new concept we are discussing. My main instrument is bass but I also teach guitar, keyboards and recording here at Guitar Center Studios.