Clarinetist calling New Orleans his home for several years and is now breaking out as a member of the new generation of New Orleans jazz musicians, brandishing his clarinet in the air as he performs onstage before audiences–wielding it further into the modern mainstream of jazz.
” While remembering the advice and insights mentors gave him about the legacy of New Orleans jazz, he is eager to move the music forward–infusing his own personality and experiences into a generational kaleidoscope of local sound. “My music is very much based on the musical traditions upheld by musicians before me,” he explains. “I see myself as being in a cultural continuum of music–picking up where the greats left off and moving the music to the next logical next step.”
He knows, like other musicians, that music is constantly evolving–as required for its purpose of communication. “I’m a listener,” he adds. “I feel that I listen and then react, and that’s a big part of my music. Jazz is this wonderful medium for expressing our true selves and anything else without repercussions, and this communication is the most important aspect of the music.
Jazz is sophistication, sexiness, pure joy, and sadness. If my music hasn’t touched you in some way, I haven’t done my job.”