- Jazz Drums, Jazz Studies
Born in Newport News, VA
Began playing drums at 4 under the influence of his father, also a drummer. Arriving in New York in 1988, joined the band Out of the Blue and can be heard on its final CD for Blue Note records. Later joined forces with Horace Silver's sextet, and has toured and recorded with such jazz masters as Sonny Rollins, Pat Metheny, Joe Henderson, J.J. Johnson, Nat Adderly, Bobby Hutcherson, James Moody, Andrew Hill, Freddie Hubbard, and Steve Kuhn. Three albums as a leader: Native Colours, The Gift, and Dubai (which was voted No. 1 on New York Times jazz critic Peter Watrous's Top 10 list of 1996).