Another Successful American Prairie – Ken Burns Prize Event!

For the third consecutive year I had the opportunity to create and conduct original music for the Ken Burns Prize event in New York City on May 1. The event, in conjunction with the American Prairie Reserve, awards a prize each to to an outstanding American states person who has contributed to the American Spirit […]

John Wasson Big Band at the Free Man Cajun Cafe January 6!

My big band will be playing at the Free Man Cajun Cafe on Sunday, January 6 from 2-5 pm. It’s a new larger format compared to my earlier groups, with a new library and a terrific line up of players. If you’re in the Dallas this weekend, come on down and hear the band as […]

Playing with the Michael Waldrop Big Band at the JazzEd Conference (again!)

In January I’ll have the privilege of playing once again in Michael Waldrop’s great big band appearing at the Jazz Educators Network annual conference in Reno in January 2019. We’ll be playing the music of the most recent album recorded by the band, entitled “Origin Suite” and released on the Origin Records label.  

Performing with Charles Lazarus on His Merry & Bright Christmas Concert

Once again I’ve been invited to perform with my good friend and colleague Charles Lazarus on his Merry & Bright Christmas Concert at Minnesota Orchestra Hall on Saturday, December 15. It’s a terrific concert with an all-star band, terrific vocal soloists and Charles’ sizzling trumpet solos. A great time will be had by all!

Keller Middle School to Premiere New Work at Midwest Clinic in Chicago

The great folks at Keller (TX) Middle School have commissioned a new work following on the heels of my concert band work  Curtain Call (published by C. L. Barnhouse); they asked for a piece with a Texas flair quoting various Texas-themed folk songs. “The Bluebonnet Revue” was the result, and the Keller band will premiere the […]

The Commission Project with JazzMN Orchestra

I had the wonderful opportunity of taking part in Rich MacDonald‘s Commission Project, a collection of ten brand new big band works by various composers, which were performed and then recorded by the JazzMN Orchestra over this past weekend. What a wonderful group, and what a great company of fellow composers to be associated with! […]

Returning to New York for the American Prairie Ken Burns Prize

I’m excited to announce that I’ve been invited back as composer and music director for the second annual American Prairie Reserve’s Ken Burns Prize Event in New York City on May 2. I’m excited to be composing several new pieces of music, and working with the fabulous New York musicians again!

Playing with Bill Cunliffe at Jazz Ed Conference in Dallas

I had the wonderful opportunity to play in the big band of Bill Cunliffe, noted Los Angeles-based Pianist, Composer, and Band Leader. We performed music from his Bachanalia CD, terrific renditions of classical pieces for big band. The band was full of stars like Randy Brecker, Clay Jenkins, Joe La Barbera, former Woody Herman bandmates […]

Appearing at the TCU Trombone Summit in April

I’m excited to be invited to this year’s Annual TCU Trombone Summit on April 7 and 8! I’m appearing with a host of wonderful colleagues including Bill Reichenbach and Alex Iles (two of my personal heroes!). I’ll be performing, teaching a master class, and even arranging a chart or two for the Summit. Looking forward to meeting […]

Proud to Join XOBrass as a Performing Artist!

I am excited to announce that I am now officially an XOBrass Performing Artist! I have been playing the XOBrass 1240L Bass Trombone and loving it. I’m excited to work with the folks at this terrific company, and I’m surrounded by some great artists in the catalog. I’m looking forward to representing this great line […]