Born and raised in the city of “Brotherly Love,” I earned two undergraduate classical music degrees at Temple University in Philadelphia, before the current jazz program there kicked into high gear. Surrounded by a jazz playing family, in a great music city like Philly, I sought out studies with jazz pianist/author Jimmy Amadie, and performed in the greater metropolitan Philadelphia and south Jersey areas.

After transplanting to Florida, I earned a Master’s Degree from the University of Central Florida, studying jazz piano, arranging and composing with Per Danielsson. Loving the study of arranging and composition, I also earned a graduate certificate in jazz arranging and composing at the University of South Florida, studying with Chuck Owen.

Along the way, I have continued to enjoy teaching all ages, both privately and in classroom settings. I got a big kick out of serving as the music director for many high school musicals and a professional children’s theater production, as well as working as an accompanist at a community college, and in the arts school of a large performing arts center.

Currently, I teach in the music production program at a private university in central Florida.