BIOGRAPHY

I've been described as "a multi-talented musician with wide performing experience as a singer, pianist and composer." My eclectic musical styles are based firmly in classical training, and offer audiences a range from jazz standards through smooth jazz through Latin to pop.

More recently I have been touring with several groups in Europe.  In Bulgaria, I have done several tours with Ivan Iankov and a chamber orchestra, promoting his composition of music set to Shakespeare sonnets.  We have performed at concerts all over Bulgaria, recorded at the Bulgarian National Television, Radio and Recording House, ( the biggest studio I have ever seen ), and completed a CD, “How Like a Winter”.
 
I also had the opportunity to perform with this constellation in the Oslo Concert Hall for hundreds of world diplomats honouring the welcome of Bulgaria into the European Union.
 
I have also toured extensively in the Czech Republic, with a jazz trio I frequently perform with all over Europe.  It is the “Joe After Trio”, and I began performing with them on the Color Cruise Line, out of Norway.  We have also recorded a CD, “From Chicago to Ostrava”. We have performed on Czech National TV and radio, and continue to work regularly together.
 
I also work closely with a Stockholm based group, the DreemTeem.  Zak Kieth, guitar, Derek January, bass, and Fredrik Hellberg, drums, are all a vital part of the Stockholm music scene.
 
Recently I have had the honour of performing a series of gospel concerts with the Halmstad Gospel Choir.  That honour was magnified when they performed one of my original compositions.
 
I have also been writing the music for a stage musical, which I hope one day will come to life on the stage.
 
As for the piano bar scene – my main gig – for me  it is mainly centered in Norway, Sweden (Stockholm Grand Hotel and Casino Cosmopol), and the Costa Cruise Lines.  
 
Travelling with Costa, I am on my way to fulfilling one of my goals – to see the world
 
From basic piano studies at the Detroit Art Center Music School, I went on to obtain a Bachelor of Music Degree in piano performance from the University of South Carolina and a Master of Music Degree in theory and composition from the University of South Carolina in conjunction with the University of Sydney in Australia. I also completed other post-graduate studies at the Conservatory of New South Wales, Australia.
 
I've entertained as a solo pianist and vocalist all over the world, beginning in Chicago, where I played in some of the city’s finest hotels and restaurants such as the Hilton, Radisson and Marriott, as well as Eugene’s and Sage’s, among others, before entering the international circuit.Since then, I've performed widely in Sweden, Norway, Denmark, France, Germany, Switzerland, Greece, Singapore, Hong Kong and Australia. I've also played on a variety of cruise ships including the Birka Princess and those of the Silja, Viking, Color Line and Stena lines.
 
I've performed with various groups in jazz clubs and festivals throughout Scandinavia, France, Germany, Switzerland, Poland, Russia and the United States. In 1996, I performed with Phil Collins and Ray Glover in Zermatt and Geneva, Switzerland, as well as with Glover at a series of pre-Montreux Jazz Festival galas in Bern, Geneva and Zurich. In 1999, I performed at Summerfest in Milwaukee. Other notable collaborations include drummer Ed Thigpen, bassist Mads Winding and percussionist Master Henry Gibson. And, in January 2001, Deep Purple's Jon Lord and The Spencer Davis Group's Pete York sat in with my trio when we performed in Zermatt.
 
I've had extensive TV and radio coverage. In Sweden, I provided the music for a Channel 1 documentary about Nobel Prize winner Toni Morrison, and I've been a featured guest on Hasse Andersson’s program on Channel 2 and on Channel 4’s morning talk show. You may also have heard me on one of many radio programs in Europe and the United States.

In 1996, I served as music consultant for the movie, “Sånt är Livet,” from British producer Colin Nutley, and provided vocal coaching to his wife, Swedish actress Helena Bergstrom. And, in May 2002, I shot a scene with internationally known classical pianist Per Tengstrand for his upcoming documentary film, "The Big and the Small World."