I was about fifteen, when I heard my first slap bass solo. Wow, it was explosive, stylized, and had tons of personality. I bought a cheap bass at a pawn shop and stared breaking strings trying to slap and pop. Music and the bass were like an undiscovered land, that I couldn’t get enough of. The draw to the instrument was intense, and I love it even more now. After about a year or two on electric bass guitar, I started on upright bass. I listened in awe to Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie. They were so creative, and at such fast tempi. I wondered it I’d ever be able to play that fast.
Bachelor Degree in Music Performance
I quickly started working on my classical chops, when it was time for college. I went to Bradley University, in Peoria, IL (my home town). After a year or two of classical study, I heard the Peoria Symphony was holding auditions and there were openings in the bass section. All summer I practiced and then won a spot in the orchestra. I was now in the union and pulling steady income from playing the bass. Around this time, I started doing some jazz gigs and musical theater. I did a few musicals in high school, but it wasn’t until I was a regular member in the Peoria Players pit, that I really started on my vast journey of musicals.
New York City
Almost immediately after graduation, I found myself in the Musical Theater circles. I was performing for new musicals and being hired to join creative teams, for arranging bass parts to new shows. NYC is such a magical artistic place. Only there could I play three Off Broadway shows, in one day. Many great credits started coming along too. A few years after arriving, I started recording for television. My bass playing can be heard on a musical television show called Smash. I recorded on both seasons and the album sales of the first reached Billboards Top Ten. This is where the Broadway career started taking off. In addition to playing on Off-Broadway shows, I also orchestrated an Off Broadway show. These experiences lead me to Broadway. I’m currently a substitute bassist for Wicked, and I get to play the show often. This finds me connected with all sorts of Broadway Stars, as I often play featured shows with these amazing artists. NYC has become my home. It’s the place where I can perform new jazz with the most amazing musicians, continue my love of gospel music by performing with the most impressive choir (the Broadway Inspirational Voices, lead by Michael McElroy), and I get to use my various skills within the large amount of musical theater I perform.
Recently, I decided to embark on a project that was long overdue. I am recording a collection of solo performances. For the large majority of my career, I have been a valued member of the projects of my clients, colleagues and friends. Now, I’m at the beginning of my first project. Please take a moment to check out the Creations link. If you enjoy what I’ve created, click on Get Involved and you could help me to be able to continue this project.
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