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, featuring 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 will be included in a full-length CD of solo piano. Stylistically these are a far cry from anything else I’ve recorded, and in many ways they’re also the most personal.
Welcome to my new web site. Soon I’ll be adding a web store with high-quality downloads of original music unavailable anywhere else. Please check back for updates, or sign up for my newsletter and I’ll let you know when the store opens.
Saturday, May 25 with Ray Obiedo’s Mistura Fina featuring singer Sandy Cressman at Club Fenix, San Rafael, CA, 8 pm – with Ray Obiedo – guitar; David Belove – bass; Phil Hawkins – steel pans; Phil Thompson – drums; Derek Rolando – percussion; and Alex Murzyn – saxes & flute.
Latin, Caribbean, and Brazilian jazz with a touch of East Bay funk.