Jazz, Rock, Blues, Latin, Pop from Victoria BC
Instruments: Drums, Vocals details
I play all styles of music including Jazz, Rock, Blues and Latin. I can play Bossa Nova, Tango, Rumba, Cha Cha, Mambo, Jazz Mambo Samba, Waltz, Country, Swing, Be Bop, and many other rhythms. I have experience with brushes and Big Band charts etc...
My father was a jazz drummer in Victoria in the 50s (see Mike Pretty). He taught me to play the drums. At about 13 years of age, I began playing drums in the rock band "Ricochet," and then I played with "Joyce and the Blades" and some other minor bands.
In the 1990s, I studied jazz drumming at the Victoria Conservatory of Music and at Malaspina University College. I began to play in a jazz quartet called "Four." After this I played with the "Panorama Jazz Quartet," which performed at venues such as: The Empress Hotel, Sooke Harbour House, and The Crystal Gardens. I also played with "Pacific Standard Time" and "The Lindsay Barber Quartet."
In 2004, I was co-founder of the rock band "Wharf Street Band" which was very active in the Victoria music scene during the years 2004-2012. We played gigs on Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands. In 2013 and 2014, I was the drummer with Groovin' Hard Big Band. In Groovin' Hard I learned to read charts which was a great experience. In the summer of 2014, I played with the community band "Soul Source" R and B band. I am currently a member of the jazz-fusion group "Swingit". In 2015, I also started working with the band "Seacruze" which does a mix of jazz, pop. Latin, rock etc. .
Some of the drummers that have inspired me the most are Carl Palmer, Neil Peart, Tony Williams, Elvin Jones, Art Blakey, Philly-Joe Jones. My musical goal is to be a well-rounded drummer that can play a variety of musical styles well within the context of a group. My focus is to play tastefully, keep time and be a good accompanist. I am able to play with sensitivity and dynamics.
|Demo with Swingit|
|Demo with Groovin' Hard|
|Seacruze Rock Demo|
|Seacruze Light Demo|
|Wharf Street Demo|
|The J-Tones||Drums||2014-The End|
|Groovin Hard Jazz Band||Drums||2013-2014|
|The Street||Drums, Vocals||2011-2013|
|Lindsay Barber Quartet||Drums||2006-2009|
|Pacific Standard Time||Drums||2005-2007|
|Wharf Street Band||Drums||2003-2012|
|Panorama Jazz Quartet||Drums||2000-2005|
|Four (jazz quartet)||Drums||1997-2000|
|Joyce and the Blades||Drums||1980|
|Ricochet - Victoria||Drums||1975-1977|