- Jazz Piano, Jazz Piano for non-Pianists, Jazz Ensemble, Ensemble Practicum, Jazz Studies
Born in Roxboro, NC
Active on the New York jazz scene as a pianist/composer for 25 years. Currently a Palmetto recording artist; his latest trio CD, Play (2006), features drummer Paul Motian and bassist Masa Kamaguchi. More than a dozen recordings as a leader for Palmetto, OmniTone, and Soul Note labels, and has appeared on nearly 50 more as a sideman. Has toured the U.S., Canada, Brazil, England, France, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Denmark, Sweden, Finland, and Macao. Founding member and composer-in-residence, Jazz Composers Collective (1992-2005), a nonprofit, musician-run organization dedicated to presenting original works by its resident and guest composers. Holds the piano chair in Maria Schneider Orchestra since 1993 and has also toured and recorded with saxophonist Dewey Redman, vocalist Kendra Shank, and fellow J.C.C. composers-in-residence Ben Allison, Ted Nash, Michael Blake, and Ron Horton, among others. Taught at N.Y.U. (1996-2001) and has conducted master classes at Juilliard, the New School, Oxford U., Oberlin, and elsewhere.