B.A. in Music 1978, Yale University; MM in Jazz Composition and Arranging, UMass Amherst, 2008, where he was also a professor.

Spent years touring the world with groups led by Jaimoe of the Allman Brothers, Brazilian jazz stars Airto & Flora Purim, and others, and as a leader and educator, including at Yale, Northeastern, and BU.  Has performed or recorded with George Benson, Pat Metheny, Paquito D’Rivera, the Springfield Symphony, and many others.  Does cross-curricular teaching on the African roots of the music and cultures of the New World.  D’Addario Performing Artist, Gemeinhardt Woodwind Artist, JodyJazz Artist.

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