“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive, and go do that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.”
— Howard Thurman
I’ve been playing music all my life, and I love it because it makes me come alive. I also love the way that it makes other people come alive as well.
Music is part of my every day. I spend my time performing at gigs for various bands, composing and recording music, teaching jazz to students at the local high school, facilitating a weekly jazz jam in my house, hosting a monthly composers group in my house, booking a monthly jazz gig at a local craft brewery, directing a community jazz big band, busking in my city’s main street mall, and playing each week for people in the local hospital to uplift them as they journey through unwellness.
Music touches people deeply - it accesses our emotions, it speaks to our souls, and connects us. It gently weaves it’s way past all of our barriers and touches our heart. And it makes us dance. It is a great joy to be able to bless people with music and I hope it’s what I'll do for the rest of my life.
I’ve played music with many musicians over the past 30 years, in Australia, the USA, the UK, Canada, Ireland, Greece, Singapore, Italy, The Czech Republic, Holland, Turkey, and New Zealand.
I've performed at countless festivals and clubs, from stadium stages to people's kitchens, with both famous and unknown musicians, in front of very large and very small crowds.
I’ve also been a session musician for many diverse artists, helping them make their music a reality, by recording, composing, arranging, and producing on over 200 albums, including soundtracks for film and television.
I’ve spent many years studying too and have been awarded a Masters of Music In Jazz Performance, a Bachelor of Music, a Bachelor of Education, and an Associate Diploma of Jazz Studies.
At present I am a full time PhD Candidate at UTas. My research topic is titled "OXIMETRIC - Random points of resolution in multi-pulsed improvised and composed music."
My wife and best friend Lea is also a musician - an amazingly intuitive and fearless singer. Her songs are simply gorgeous, and her improvisations are always melodic and free. She has also played music all her life. We perform at gigs together all the time. We love creating community around music.
These days we are based in the beautiful city of Launceston in Tasmania. We play music at home all the time in a room next to the kitchen - which is full of instruments. We play music with the musos in our bands, our children, our students, and our friends, and our extended family, and people who drop in, and their kids... So there is always music in our house.