October 14, 2016

The independent creative is not only faced with the task of producing work, but also the often much more difficult and undefined task of presenting that work to the public in a way that will encourage consumption and support....

June 18, 2016

The idea of the individual along with the community are the two pillars upon which a society is built. Weakness in one is dangerous for the entire structure. And while there is a lot of talk about rights, specifically the rig...

June 10, 2016

Perpetual conflicts, it seems we always end up here. Tones produced that betray our inner most feelings as frustration boils over sizzling the hot eye on the stove of our emotions. But unfortunately there is no potion to be c...

June 3, 2016

An unfiltered, unedited, exercise in exploration:


So sweet are the words that drift from your lips to softly caress my ears. They give me comfort, they massage tension from my thoughts and allow me to relax into the possibili...

May 19, 2016

Lately I’ve been posed the same questions on more than three occasions: “What’s it like being a father?” It’s a very open ended question with a lot of potential answers and the answers that I give vary depending on who’s aski...

December 8, 2015

No, her cries are pleas from a defenseless life born into a world of uncertainty, hoping and trusting that there is someone to love her.




I used to awaken to the sounds of traffic swiftly sweeping down below my patio. Not th...

November 18, 2013


I went to see 12 Years A Slave directly after teaching at Cook County Juvenile Detention Center, which heightened its impact exponentially. To spend time at a government institution filled with hundreds of young black men an...

January 24, 2012


When addressing the notion of so called jazz as Black American Music most of the arguments that I have heard from detractors are statements such as “What about Gerry Mulligan, Benny Goodman, Scott LaFaro, etc…, were they not...

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