Classical musician, skilled jazz artist, and well-known educator who taught at several respected U.S. and Canada institutions.
He relocated to New York in 1990, following graduation from the California Institute of the Arts. He joined the M-Base collective of musicians in Brooklyn.
He began teaching and leading ensembles at Brandon, Manitoba's Brandon University in 2008.
His family recognized his skills early on when he began dabbling in piano playing at the age of four, almost immediately composing and improvising.