My Path to the Keys

I want to give a shout-out to the immensely talented Matt Kanelos, an NYC multi-instrumentalist/singer/songwriter, for he’s the accidental reason I accompany myself on the piano today. 

Matt was my pianist in my early gigging days in Chicago. Such a…

My "Day" Job

People ask me why I don’t perform more in Chicago and central Illinois. Well, as the leader of the Contemporary Jazz Studies (CZJS) program at Lincoln College, most of my days are beyond busy, but in a good way. 

When…

Meet Jenae from Hot Sauce Universe 

I'm looking forward to returning to Nightshop in downtown Bloomington Friday, January 24 on a double-bill with Bloomington's talented, soulful husband-wife duo Jenae and Jay Thomason. Their creative, funky, improvisational approach with Jenae on percussion and Jay on guitar has

Songwriting Material 

I heard an interview with Josh Ritter recently. He was talking about "All Some Kind of Dream" and "The Torch Committee" from his latest album "Fever Breaks." Both are overtly political, and a little out of his norm. But he…

American Women 

I took in That's What She Said at The Castle Theatre in Bloomington Friday night. Powerful night as 10 different women shared personal stories of their life, how they made it through often difficult times, and how those experiences have…