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I was born a native Philadelphian during
the time when music was considered to be at its renaissance period.
By this, I mean the time when the be-bop period was
so-called ending, and the onset of a new decade of
experimental types of music began.
At this time, musicians such as “PRINCE” had
recorded“I WANNA BE YOUR LOVER”, “THE
BEATLES " ending their era as a band, “JAMES
BROWN", “JIMI HENDRIX" AND “QUINCY
JONES” were all recording music that was changing
the approach& minds of younger musicians growing up
and aspiring to follow
in their footsteps. This sparked my interest & guided
my approach to developing my musical taste & style!
I learned to play piano at an early age, five, thanks
to my aunt's instruction. She was the organist for her
church. I later took up the violin when I was in junior
high school and performed in the "All- City" orchestra
for four years. During this time I met many other fellow
musicians who introduced me to other forms of popular
and jazz music. I might add that I grew up in a household
where music, particularly jazz music, was heard quite
often. My mother and father were musical, and encouraged
me to learn and appreciate all styles of music from classical
to rock. While in high school, I became very interested
in what was called dance/funk/ rock (psychedelic) music
of the 60's & early 70's. It was at this point that
I decided to take up the guitar, and shortly after, the
electric bass. I formed my first band three months later
and never looked back.
I began to jam
and record with many different musicians.
Some of them were, Kevin Eubanks and
George Howard. Most recently my production
company Mastermind has played host
to such artists as Eve and As Yet.
The current projects I am working on
Dance / House), Rodney Mansfield (R&B
/ Smooth Jazz) and a hip hop rap/vocal
duo called Range & Smooth,
and a young lady rapper/spoken word
artist named Jalimaah.
Today, I would describe my involvement with the music business
as trying to keep up with the new wave of technology that exists.
Over the past five years, I've tried to immerse myself in situations
which enable me to keep up to date with the recording, producing, & engineering
side of the industry, as well as maintain my ability to play
my axe, and perform my own music. "Altered Natives" is
a fusion of to day's technological advances on yesterdays,
today's & tomorrows music! In the future, I plan to again
do more recording projects in "live" situations
as well as in film scoring.
available now from Mastermind
2. Altered Natives
3. Spanish Rice
5. Play Day
6. Palm Reader
7. Bag Ladies
8. Peace of the Rock
9. Bass Metaphor
*Special guests include Darryl
Robert Landrum, Bing Aragon,& Jeff
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