I’m a pianist, composer, and music educator based in Oakland, CA. For over 16 years, I’ve performed and recorded with top artists in the San Francisco Bay Area, particularly in the Afro-Cuban/salsa, Latin jazz, and Brazilian jazz scenes. I’m currently working with guitarist/composer Ray Obiedo’s Mistura Fina, which blends Brazilian jazz, Latin jazz, and East Bay funk and features singer Sandy Cressman.

After many years as a sideman, I’m now focusing on composing and recording original music. I hope to release my first CD as a solo artist in the coming year. Meanwhile, check out samples from my recordings with Tanaóra (Brazilian and Latin jazz) and La Moderna Tradición (Afro-Cuban charanga). In addition to playing piano, I co-produced these CDs.

The solo piano improvisations are the first original music I’ve released, and are a far cry from anything else I’ve recorded.

In the coming months I’ll be adding a web store with downloads of original music. Please check back for updates, or sign up for my newsletter and I’ll let you know when the store opens.

COMING UP

Friday, August 29 – with the Pete Escovedo Latin All-Stars at Angelica’s Bistro, Redwood City, CA. With Pete Escovedo – timbales; Juan Escovedo – congas; Roger Glenn – vibes, flute; Ray Obiedo – bass; and Phil Hawkins – drums.

Saturday, August 30 – with Ray Obiedo & Mistura Fina at The Downtown Theater, Fairfield, CA. With Ray Obiedo – guitar; Sandy Cressman – vocals; Jeff Cressman – trombone; Marc Van Wageningen – bass; Derek Rolando – percussion; and Phil Hawkins – drums. Music starts at 6:30 with opening acts 2d Planet and Michael Manring.

Monday, September 1 – with Pete Escovedo at The Sausalito Art Festival, Sausalito, CA. With Pete Escovedo – timbales; Ray Obiedo – guitar; Marc Van Wageningen – bass; Roger Glenn – vibes, flute; Juan Escovedo – percussion; and Phil Hawkins – drums. 12 pm on the Main stage.