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 and Off-Broadway shows I have worked on include Motown, The Last Goodbye, The First Wives Club, the Color Purple, Bare, Footloose, Rent, Little Shop of Horrors, Evita, Cats, Avenue Q and Spongebob Squarepants, the Musical.
I have held the drum chair on Altar Boyz, tick…tick… BOOM! and Memphis the Musical and “Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar And Grill” with Audra McDonald.
I’m excited to begin this year for a few reasons. I’m going to be traveling to South Africa. I was asked to play drums for the Swarthmore College Alumni Gospel Choir. We have a South Africa Performance Tour in collaboration with First United Methodist Church of Germantown. We are traveling to Johannesburg, Soweto, Bedfordview, Pilanesberg National Park, Langa Township, Table Mountain, Robben Island, Cape Point, and Cape Town. I’ve never been to any country in Africa and cant wait to see this one. I hear it’s beautiful.
In March, I am performing with young performers from the Weill Music Institute’s program. I will share the stage with some talented young musicians in an event titled “A Time Like This: Music For Change” at Carnegie Hall on March 11th at 3PM. Kenny Seymour is the musical director and I am really looking forward to performing here.
In June and July I will be continuing what was started in California last fall. I will be traveling to Washington D.C. to be a part of the pre-Broadway run of the amazing musical “Ain’t Too Proud – The Life And Times of The Temptations.” We will be in the Eisenhower Theater from Tuesday June 19th until Sunday July 22nd. The show enjoyed its critically acclaimed, record-breaking world premiere at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, where it became the highest-grossing production in the venue’s nearly 50-year history.