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Welcome to my Amazon page. I'm a musician, writer and educator living and playing in Chicago. For the last five or six years I've focused on playing jazz and absolutely love exploring the unlimited possibilites of improvisation, in jazz or any other music. Vagaband is my current jazz combo; we play gypsy jazz. I also play regularly and with Meh!, a free improvisation group I started.
I'm at work on my next two books: Basic Jazz Theory volume 2 and another on music practice. I'm interviewing master musicians about practice and you can listen to some of the interviews on my podcast, The Practice of Practice (IntentionalPractice.wordpress.com). I'm about to earn a PhD in music education from Northwestern University and my dissertation research is on, you guessed it, practice.
My instruments are a Monette Bb trumpet (#504) with a B2 mouthpiece (also a B2SL); I also play a LeBlanc F357 flugelhorn, the Arturo Sandoval model. I love mutes. I also love to play guitar and own a Gretsch hollow-body electric and an acoutstic/electric Martin (EMP-1). I own and play four didgeridoos, one of bloodwood eucalyptus by the name of Blackwater, made and carved by an aboriginal artist; another cool-looking one made from fiberglass, a monster with deep bass made out of agave, and one of bamboo. My latest goal is to play nonstop (circular breathing) for an hour for the Worldwide Didj Meditation on the next solstice.
I love to play percussion, too. Small and large percussion instruments like conga, tabla, djembe, cabasa, shekere, one-shot, clave, triangle, agogo.... My dream instrument at the moment is a Hang drum. I love to mess around on my soprano trombone.
I have several degrees in music education: a bachelor's degree from University of Oregon, a Master's degree from Northwestern University, and I'm currently finishing off my PhD in music education, also at Northwestern, a leading institution in music performance, research and teacher education. My primary research interest is in practice, especially how masters learn to do it. Check my blog on the topic: The Practice of Practice.
I'm currently living in the U.S. in Chicago with my wife Michelle, and dog Skwirl and I can be found at music venues around the city as both listener and player.