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.
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.