How did this new album and overall concept for it come about, and what are your ultimate goals with it?
I visited Brazil for the first time in 2010 and and thought of Jobim often when I was in Rio especially at places like Ipanema and Corcovado. I returned home with an assortment of CD's and DVD's of his music and spent the next few years learning songs from Jobim's catalogue that were previously unknown to me. I felt that I could present some of these songs with a distinct guitar voice and enhance the mood and style with some vocals. I immersed myself in his books and video documentaries as I felt compelled to learn about his life. I spent most of 2013 in production and travelled to Nashville and Los Angeles for recording sessions that were fun and exciting. My hope is that this recording will be accepted as a tribute that meets the highest standards and that listeners will hear, feel and share my passion for this beautiful music. Ultimately I hope that interest in this project will lead to global performance opportunities
What would your top “desert island” classic albums be, regardless of genre… the albums you turn to time after time for your own personal enjoyment and inspiration?
Allman Brothers, Live at the Fillmore East
Who currently is drawing your attention as artists you’re excited about?
Derek Trucks and Joe Bonnamassa
What’s your favorite non-music activity?
I love to play sports - golf, tennis and most of all hockey!
What would be the most important piece of advice you’d impart to a young musician just starting out in the jazz/smooth jazz arena?
Along with your talent that was gifted to you came the responsibility to develop your own voice as best as it can be and share it with the world. Strive to create music that will connect with people on an emotional level. Keep a positive attitude, a sense of optimism and face whatever challenges are presented to you with confidence.