Nobody escapes their roots, right? Music from Cuba, the Balkans, Appalachia, whether high art music or simple folk music, still maintains the essence of a unique musical culture. Some people like the term roots music. Well my roots are in southwest Denver, along the neighborhoods lining South Federal Boulevard. Here, my unique musical culture, my roots music, spread from punk rock like the Minutemen to nortena. In high school, I played in rock bands while working fast food to finance jazz guitar lessons at Brentwood Music. At this time I gained a love for musical scholarship and earned a music degree at the University of Colorado at Denver and then a Master of Music in Jazz Studies from the University of Northern Colorado. Although I love jazz music, I have adopted the term post-jazz to define my music; I felt inspiration from my roots that was too strong to ignore. My musical goals are now to take all the music that have made my southwest Denver life unique and apply the improvisational processes I have learned from jazz music. The result is hopefully to make something new and descriptive of my life in the American West.

I currently play a couple of Greg German seven-string guitars which allow me to occupy bass and guitar roles simultanioulsy. I play these instruments in three principle projects:

1. FaceMan, a rock trio in Denver, CO. Through this band, I have been able to travel with music, so far make three great records, and write horn arrangements for The Dirty Dozen Brass Band and Rebirth Brass Band www.thefacemanmusic.com

3. Micro Marauder, a duo with Dean Hirschfield on drums. Old friends exploring the the outer rims of improvisation. We have a record set to release in late spring 2014. As well, we have a completed recording collaborating with NYC/former Denver bassist Mike Brown!

3. I also freelance as a studio musician and ad hoc musician in Denver. Most recently, I completed a record on the bass with Chris McGarry and the Insomniacs. I played bass and guitar on the upcoming Jesse Manley EP (with Shawn King from Devotchka). I wrote the horn arrangement for the latest Knew record, Man Monster!

I also have completed two seasons of a new endeavor where I am writing music for specific locations in Denver, click on the link beneath the picture for more information on the Locus Project.