When the times arise for you give back for the success and abundance you enjoy, what kinds of opportunities do you look for?
This is one of the "single most important aspects of my life", since I was a child I have dreamed of doing "good things" around the world through the joy and power of my Music and Art. It is my great ambition to "touch" peoples lives throughout the world in some small way and if possible... in an Amazingly large way. I want to show there is hope, love and energy beyond our wildest dreams when we come together to benefit the poor and disenfranchised, children with no homes, no food, no one to care for them.
Going back in your life as far as you can remember, what song or performance is the first you recall hearing and being affected by?
I was fortunate to grow up in a very Artistic and Musical home, Jazz music was always blaring throughout our home, and so I was indoctrinated from the very beginning. However, I believe it was when my Father really wanted to "OPEN" my mind when he came in my room when I was a little kid and said "do you want to hear a REAL piano player" and it was the historic 1961 album - BILL EVANS "Sunday at the Village Vanguard" with Scott Lafaro and Paul Motion,.......... My LIFE was NEVER the same :)
Of your touring and gigs so far in your career, do any stand out as being particularly memorable or defining moments?
In 2010 I had the great experience of being selected from only a handful of young International Artist's to perform in the GRAND opening of Southeast Asia's No. #1 Entertainment destination, the 5.5 Billion dollar MARINA BAY SANDS - "The Talk of Asia" It was an Amazing experience to be a part of this incredible modern architectural wonder in the heart of the fabulous city of Singapore, it was "off the hook" :)
Who would you say has been the single biggest influence in your life in getting you to where you are now in your career?
Without a doubt "My Father", his endless talents and wisdom have always been a great source of inspiration and in my earlier years of developing, the LOVE for music was felt so deeply when we would listen to albums together in our home,.... those were some of the most wonderful moments in my life.
Who are some of your current favorite artists, Smooth Jazz or otherwise?
What are some of the most important goals you have for yourself in the next five to ten years?
To be as successful as I can be as a human being and explore my creative potential as far and as deeply as I can go. To touch positively as many people as I can reach through my Music and Art. It has been said by others, that we should (as the great President John F. Kennedy did), "Influence the times in which we live". If I can do that in some small way, then WOW what a gift to be given not only to enrich and fulfill our own destiny calling, but to serve and be a light to inspire others in this life.