Heavily influenced by 70’s soul and funk, I learned from the best in the music business about groove, feel and consistency. Harvey Mason (Herbie Hancock), Jerome Brailey (P-Funk), Jonathan “Sugarfoot” Moffet (the Jacksons), Larry Blackmon (Cameo) and the drummers of Barry White were the drummers that primarily influence my approach to the drums. Later, when I discovered rock, metal, fusion and jazz, drummers like Neil Peart, Stewart Copeland, John Bonham and Tony Williams were big influences.
I attended Howard University to study business, but fell in love with the marching band and the school of fine arts. I eventually became the section leader of the drum section and graduated with my business degree. I moved to New York in the spring of 1993 to pursue a full time career in music. I studied briefly with Tommy Campbell (Sonny Rollins, Dizzy Gillespie) and began to play quite frequently with a variety of artists.
In the spring/summer of 2000, I toured with the show “Footloose.” I returned to New York a year later to work on the pre-Rent, Jonathan Larson show, “tick…tick…BOOM!” I was later invited to sub for Jeff Potter at “Rent” on Broadway. From there, I went on to performing in many Broadway shows.
I went on to appear on shows such as The Colbert Report, The View, The CBS Early Show, the Today Show, the 2010 TONY Awards at Radio City. I have shared the stage with legends such as Hubert Sumlin, The Stylistics, Denise Williams, Chuck Berry, Ben E. King.
The Broadway shows I have worked on include Motown the Musical, The Color Purple, Bare, Footloose, Rent, Little Shop of Horrors, Evita and Avenue Q and The First Wives Club (Chicago).
I have held the drum chair on the award winning shows Altar Boyz, tick…tick… BOOM! and the 2010 TONY Award Best Musical winner Memphis the Musical. Most recently, “Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar And Grill” with Six-Time TONY Award winner Audra McDonald.
I am making my Berkeley Repertory Theatre debut with the Broadway-bound musical called “Ain’t Too Proud” – The Life and Times of The Temptations . The show opened on September 14th and has extended its run twice. It must close on November 5th.
“Ain’t Too Proud”
The Life and Times of The Temptations
An electrifying new musical about the life and times of The Temptations, the greatest R&B group of all time (Billboard Magazine 2017). They were five young guys on the streets of Detroit when they were discovered by Berry Gordy, who signed them to his legendary new label. After 24 attempts, they finally had a hit and the rest is history—how they met, how they rose, the groundbreaking heights they hit, and how personal and political conflicts threatened to tear the group apart as the nation fell into civil unrest. Kennedy Prize-winning playwright Dominique Morisseau, Olivier Award-winning choreographer Sergio Trujillo, and two-time Tony Award-winning director Des McAnuff bring you this thrilling story of brotherhood, family, loyalty, and betrayal. Iconic hits like “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” and “Papa Was a Rolling Stone” and the signature dance moves that made the “Classic Five” Temptations part of our cultural history forever.