Born in Detroit, I grew up in a family of musicians and teachers. I‘m proud to now be a musician and teacher myself. I first learned piano from my mother, who was the music minister at our local church. After playing the piano on and off for years, in 1995 I moved to the Washington DC area and decided to pursue music seriously. I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to study with area players like Robert Redd, Charles Covington, Greg Hatza and Tim Murphy. In 2000, I received my music education degree from Towson University and now share jazz with young people as a music teacher.
Over the years, I’ve honed my performance skills in DC area clubs (Twins, Bohemian Caverns, Jojo’s, Utopia, Mr. Henry's, Columbia Station), as well as churches (Westminster Presbyterian, All Souls Unitarian, Metropolitan AME, Wesley United Methodist) and institutions like the National Museum of African American History, the Kennedy Center, the National Press Club, American University, and Nationals Park. I've performed on TV (NBC4, Voice of America Africa), radio (WPFW Live at Five, WAMU, WOWD Takoma Park) and live streams hosted by An Die Musik concert venue in Baltimore.
Since 2011 I’ve served as the pianist for the Greater U Street Jazz Collective, which has made appearances at events such as the DC Jazz Festival, the National Cherry Blossom Festival, the Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival, and the Congressional Black Caucus. I'm also lucky to have some long associations with respected area musicians like David Cole and Main Street Blues, Iva Ambush and Charles Rahmat Woods. I deeply appreciate the knowledge, friendship, support and opportunities I've received from these folks and many others in the local music community.