I play jazz because I love the rich harmony and driving rhythm.  I’m drawn to the technical challenge and expressive freedom of solo improvisation.I play standards because they’re great songs. They make up a common repertoire that provides context and meaning to my music.  They’re melodic; a good tune is a hard thing to come by.

Growing up I studied with Louis Samsa in Bemidji, MN.  Later I studied with Billy Barnard at the University of Minnesota, Duluth, while earning my BA in Music Education.

Currently, I perform solo and with the Maxi Chils Trio.  I’ve also performed with jazz duo Perfectini, the North Shore Big Band, and Big Time Jazz Orchestra.  You can hear me on Big Time’s 2006 release Fanfare From Some Flounder? where I’m featured on Wes Montgomery’s “Leila” as arranged by Aaron Strang.

When I’m not playing I teach music at Harbor City International School and the Music Resource Center-Duluth.  Here’s an article by Emily Haavik for Lake Voice about my work at HCIS.

Check out the videos here on my site and then come see me play live at any of the fine venues listed to the right.  You can pick up a copy of my solo debut album Out of Nowhere at the show… see you there!