My musical education began long before I ever picked up an instrument. I was raised on classic soul, jazz, rock, and pop; and I inherited my dad's love for great Broadway music. The music I heard in the house, in the neighborhood, and on the radio is some of the greatest in the history of American popular music. Also, I've never been one to discriminate against musical styles--- if it's good, I like it and I embrace it wholeheartedly!

When I decided to become a musician at age 13, I had already subconsciously absorbed much of what I consider to be my musical foundation. I've subsequently spent the rest of my life studying, performing, and learning how to express myself musically. My parents were both born and raised in New Orleans, and "Gumbo Child" is a big hug to them and the Creole culture that I was born into. More specifically, it's a show of affection for the spirit of New Orleans, which I believe emanates directly from the people of New Orleans. It's a beautiful city, no doubt, with tons of character, history, and flavor; but for me New Orleans is the people --- people with a way of speaking that sounds like music; people who literally welcome you with open arms; people who believe that food, music, dance, laughter, and family come from the same place: It's all love baby!
As a drummer and background vocalist, I've worked with lots of talented people over the years. Here's a few:

VOCALISTS: Amel Larrieux (Drummer & Music Director), Mandy Moore, Kimbery Locke (American Idol), Michael McDonald, Jeffrey Osborne, James Ingram, Peabo Bryson, Jonathan Butler, BeBe Winans, Patti Austin, Anita Baker, Vanessa Williams, Brian McKnight, David Pack, Montell Jordan, Jon B., Phil Perry, Bobby Caldwell, Bobby Brown, Terence Trent D'Arby (Drummer & Music Director), New Edition, Johnny Mathis, Jimmy Witherspoon, Tree Adams, Charles Wright, Keb Mo', Arthur Adams, Roy Gaines, Sueann Carwell, Dave Wakeling, Brenda Russell, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Linda Hopkins, Kelly Sweet, Toni Childs, Melody Thornton (Pussycat Dolls), The Delfonics, Blue Magic, Bloodstone, The Floaters, GQ, Tata Vega, Eloise Laws, Kevon Edmonds.

INSTRUMENTALISTS: Sheila E. & The E Family, Kirk Whalum, Chris Botti, Jonathan Butler, Jeff Lorber, Dave Koz, Gee Mack & The Polyester Players, Wayman Tisdale, Marcus Miller, Branford Marsalis, Patrice Rushen, Phil Upchurch, Joe Sample, Deacon Jones, Norman Brown, Don Myrick, Leslie Drayton, Jeff Golub, Tree Adams, Rick Braun, Peter White, David Benoit, Mindi Abair, Candy Dulfer, Marc Antoine, Alex Bugnon, Paul Taylor.

I've played on countless STAGES across the United States, Canada, Europe, Southeast Asia, Japan, South Africa, and The Carribean, including: The Hollywood Bowl, The Greek Theater, Staples Center, The Kodak Theater, The Forum, Gibson Amphitheater (L.A.); Madison Square Garden, The Beacon Theater (N.Y.C.); The Kennedy Center (Washington, D.C.); The Blue Note, Budokan (Tokyo), The Vatican (Rome).

I've done my share of RECORDING work, most notably: "Psychic" (USA Network), "The Good Guys" (Fox TV), Terence Trent D'Arby (Columbia): "Vibrator", "Wildcard". Dave Koz (Capitol Records): "December Makes Me Feel This Way ". Mindi Abair (Concord Music Group): "In Hi-Fi Stero" (Co-writer, Keyboardist/Programmer). Mindi Abair (Verve Records): "Slinky" (Co-Writer, Keyboardist/Programmer). "Confessions of a Dangerous Mind" (Miramax): Film Soundtrack Drummer. Kinfolk (Wild West Records/American): "Each & Every Day" (Writer/Producer). B.O.X. (Wild West Records/Mercury): "Beyond Ordinary Existence" (Writer/Producer).

I've made numerous TV APPEARANCES, such as: The Late Show with David Letterman, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Arsenio Hall Show, The View, Top of the Pops (London), Taratata (Paris), BET Jazz Central, MAD TV.

I've also written ORIGINAL MUSIC that's been featured in many films and TV shows, including:

FILMS: Down in the Delta, Jason's Lyric, Houseguest, Aces: Iron Eagles 3.

TV: Sex and the City (HBO), Entourage (HBO), Breast Men (HBO), The District (NBC), Johnny Zero (FOX).

I am a proud endorser of Sabian Cymbals and Vic Firth Drumsticks.