Here’s a jazz fusion rendition of “The Middle” by Zedd (feat. Maren Morris). Ryan Springer (drums) invited me to co-arrange this song for his senior project in April 2018, and we also welcomed Garrett Spoelhof (Spüly G) on keys. This was a fun introduction to jazz reharmonization, something I intend to continue doing with these guys and others!
My first clip since the move into Brooklyn in October 2018 – here’s a jam on “What is Hip?” with the host band at Richie Cannata’s Bitter End jam session. This features Tom Bowes, former Tower of Power vocalist, and Frosty Lawson on trumpet. Only in New York!
These next two clips were both recorded at YouTube Space NY during my time in “The Studio”, a composition and music business seminar hosted by Project Trio. The trio was so generous as to give us access they had earned at YouTube Space through their own channel’s success – one of many perks of participating in this program. This first clip is a pop/bluegrass tune co-written by Josée Weigand and yours truly. Consider this my maiden voyage with singing and playing bass in front of the camera. Looking forward to doing more work like this!
The next clip is my take on the prelude to Bach’s Cello Suite no. 1. I first tackled this piece for a prescreening when I was still in high school. Five years later, my approach to the song has matured in several ways. Enjoy!
Here’s an arrangement I made for Marcus Miller’s “Scoop”, a track from his 1993 release The Sun Don’t Lie. This video was shot during my junior year at DePauw University. Enjoy!
This clip was done in December 2017 while I was studying abroad in Strasbourg, France. A tribute to the late Jaco Pastorius, this take on his anthem, “Continuum”, was done in collaboration with Strasbourg locals Joris Coimbra on four string bass, Erwan Escouplier on alto sax, and Didier Hoffman on drums. All respect to the master, Mr. Pastorius!
I’d also like to share some of my practice material, namely solo transcriptions. Here’s McCoy Tyner’s piano solo on “You Are Too Beautiful”, as done by John Coltrane and Johnny Hartman. I chose to play this on my Conklin GT-7, given the wide range that jazz piano phrasing tends to cover. Thanks for watching!