Professor of Music
New Academic Building 104
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DegreesDA, 1998, New York Univ; MA, 1983, New York Univ; BM, 1976, Youngstown State Univ
D.A. in Composition
New York University
Composition with Tom Boras
M.A. in Composition
New York University
Composition with Paul Alan Levi
B.M. in Composition
Youngstown State University
Piano with Roman Rudnitsky, Robert Hopkins and Harold Danko
Composition with Mark Walker and Aldolphus Hailstork
Hofstra University: 1984-Present
Professor, Associate Chair
Manhattan School of Music: 1982-Present
Jazz Piano, Composition and Arranging
Friends Of The Arts: 1995-Present
Jazz education program faculty member
Carnegie Hall: 1995-2002
JazzEd - Jazz education program faculty member
New York University: 1983-85
Jazz Improvisation, Composition and Arranging
Performed and recorded with Woody Herman, Dizzy Gillespie, Woody Shaw, Stan Getz and numerous other jazz artists.
Performance at the JVC Jazz Festival with Anita O'Day at Town Hall and Carnegie Recital Hall with Cecil Bridgewater.
Performance with the Vanguard Jazz Orchestra for National Public Radio.
Featured guest on Marion McPartland's nationally syndicated Piano Jazz series.
Arrangements and Compositions
Arranged for such artists as Buddy Rich, Mel Lewis, Woody Herman and the off-broadway musical, Satchmo.
Premiered compositions in New York include: Sonata-4-Saxes (Long Island Saxophone Quartet), Sound Government (Wind Ensemble), and Variations On A Theme Of T.S. Monk (solo piano).
Society of Composers, Meet-the-Composers, New York State Council of the Arts and several American universities.
Selected Discography (click the links for audio examples)
La Fiesta (w/ Woody Herman, Joe Lovano)
The Concord Years (w/ Woody Herman)
Live at the Concord Jazz Festival (w/Woody Herman, Dizzy Gillespie, Stan Getz)
Chick, Donald, Walter and Woodrow (w/Woody Herman, Marc Johnson)
The Tides of Time (w/Roland Vazquez, Mike Stern, Anthony Jackson)
Inside (w/Marion Cowings, Bobby Watson, Harvie Swartz)
The Licorice Factory (w/Perry Robinson, Walter Perkins)
Post No Bills (w/ Joe Ascione, Tim Givens, Jerry Weldon, Ron Affif)
Big band jazz arrangements and reviews on Computer Music software and hardware.
Recent Courses Taught
|MUS 001P||(CP) PIANO||Undergraduate|
|MUS 014S||(AA) HISTORY OF JAZZ||Undergraduate|
|MUS 068||(AA) INTRO TO JAZZ||Undergraduate|
|MUS 101C||ADV PRIVATE INSTRUCT||Undergraduate|
|MUS 105A||JAZZ IMPROVISATION 1||Undergraduate|
|MUS 105B||JAZZ IMPROVISATION 2||Undergraduate|
|MUS 122||(AA) HISTORY OF JAZZ||Undergraduate|
|MUS 151||SPEC STUDIES-MUSIC 1||Undergraduate|
|MUS 159||SONG WRITING||Undergraduate|
|MUS 160A||ELEM JAZZ & CONTEMPRY SCORING||Undergraduate|
|MUS 180B||TPC: JAZZ IN NYC||Undergraduate|