Had an absolutely wonderful time working with the wonderful faculty and students at the following university festivals this past spring.  Many thanks for including me and for all the hard work on behalf of the students (and faculty) in preparing the concerts of my music!!

  • Elon University Jazz Festival – Jan Metzger – Chair, Dept. of Music & Rusty Smith – Jazz Ens. Director
  • Illinois State Univ. Jazz Festival – Dr. Tom Marko, Dir. Of Jazz Studies
  • Appalachian State Univ. Contemporary Music Festival – Todd Wright, Dir. Of Jazz Studies, & Adam Summey, Pres. Phi Mu Alpha

Had the unexpected honor and pleasure of moderating the National Endowment for the Art’s Women Big Band Leaders Roundtable at the 2019 Jazz Congress while NEA Director of Music and Opera, Anne Meier Baker, was furloughed due to the ongoing Federal Government shutdown. Panelists Maria Schneider, Miho Hazama, & Sherrie Maricle made it easy on me with their astute insights and easy-going repartee.

Traveled to Cologne, Germany for a fantastic week of rehearsals culminating at a performance at the Kulturhaus Lyz in Siegen.  Selected wide-ranging sets of my compositions & arrangements from the earliest Surge recordings to the very latest.  Was a lot of fun revisiting some of those charts – especially with that band!!   Looking forward to our next project!  Stay tuned!!

All too brief but thoroughly delightful guest artist visits/workshops/rehearsals at:

        • Duquesne Univ. (PA)
        • Shepherd Univ. (WV)
        • Radford Univ. (VA)

Appearances already slated for Spring, 2019 at:

        • Elon University Jazz Festival (NC)
        • Illinois State Univ. Jazz Festival
        • Appalachian State Univ. (NC)

More dates coming soon!

What a great honor and wonderful time attending the 2018 Grammy Celebration in New York surrounded by family and several of the Surge members. Thanks to all of you who supported us!!