My work as a musician, composer and educator is all about bridging cultures and inspiring students to follow their interests and dreams. As a professional jazz saxophonist, I have toured 37 states, and performed concerts throughout Europe. I lived in Havana for five months and studied with the living legends of Latin music. I also learned Spanish and salsa dance and experienced enough musical inspiration to last for lifetimes.
In my residencies, students may learn the rhythms of Cuba, samba music and dances from Brazil, or Latin jazz melodies from New York. Students learn what I learned from the master musician in Havana, what it sounded like in the samba club in Rio, or how jazz soared out of the basement club in the Big Apple. I teach basic musical rhythms and melodies and the steps to the famous dances. Content can be tailored to curriculum so that students can make artful “culture collages” that colorfully show the intersecting points of history, people and music.