I play Hammond/piano for the regional soul/blues/original band, Root Doctor Featuring Freddie Cunningham. I also have a unique rock trio call Suzi & the Love Brothers. Both acts are out of Lansing, MI.
Piano, Hammond organ.
Teachers and/or influences?
The two musicians who helped me in jazz are Ron Newman, Michigan State University College of Jazz, and vocalist Lisa Smith, Okemos, Michigan. Influences primarily blues, boogie and swing pianist like Otis Spann
When I found a copy of Natural and Soulful Blues, by Champion Jack Dupree
Your sound and approach to music:
As natural as I can. Piano, electric piano, Hammond, clavinet.
Your teaching approach:
I teach the things I did not learn as a young student. ii/V/I theories, sight reading, reading vocal lines.
Your dream band:
Robert Cray on guitar; bassist and drummer from the Jazz Crusaders ("Put It Where You Want It" era), Detroit's Thornetta Davis on vocals, me on piano, Mike Finnigen on Hammond and vocals, a local Lansing, MI sax man named Chad Bement. There you have it: my supergroup.
Road story: Your best or worst experience:
Do you mean when we were sober???
I can't complain. The thing that drives me mad is when the sound engineers are used to rock bands. Then they tend to have the bass drum and bassist up too loud.
Your favorite recording in your discography and why?
The CD JOY, by my band Root Doctor, because I wrote a lot of the songs. Our new CD will be all original again.
The first Jazz album I bought was:
Well that depends on your definitions. I really liked the boogie-woogie guys and all the new Orleans piano players since college. So I guess it was Jelly Roll Morton