RESUME

PERFORMANCES - APPEARANCES

         2019    

            -        EFG London Jazz Festival - London, UK

            -        Ronnie Scott's - London, UK  

            -       Jazz Club Unterfahrt - Munich, Germany 

            -        Aalener Jazz Festival - Aalen, Germany

            -        New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival - New Orleans, LA       

            -       Jarasum International Jazz Festival - Jarasum Island, South Korea

            -        Guri Art Hall Concert - Guri, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea

            -        Blue Note - New York, NY

            -        Dizzy's Club - New York, NY

            -        Telluride Jazz Festival - Telluride, CO

            -        Monty Alexander Jazz Festival - Easton, MD

            -        Keystone Korner - Baltimore, MD

            -        Jazztage Fest - Dresden, Germany  

            -        JazzAhead Showcase - Bremen, Germany   

            -        Jazz At The Bistro - St Louis, MO

            -        Tri City JazzFest - Cleveland, OH

            -        JusticeAid - New York, NY

            -        Musical Instrument Museum - Phoenix, AZ

            -        Faena Jazz Series - Miami, FL 

            -        The Loft at UC San Diego - San Diego, CA               

            -        Chicken Bone Beach Jazz Festival - Atlantic City, NJ

            -        Rochester Jazz Festival - Rochester, NY

            -        Theaterestubchen - Kassel, Germany  

            -        Duc des Lombards - Paris France

            -        Bimhuis - Amsterdam, Netherlands   

            -        Caroga Lake Arts Festival - Caroga Lake, NY

            -        Fermilab - Batavia, IL 

           -      ISBV - Indianapolis, IN

            -        WBGO Gateway Concert Series - Newark, NJ   

            -        Kuumbwa Jazz - Santa Cruz, CA

            -        PDX Jazz Festival - Portland, OR

            -        Birdland - New York, NY

            -        Capital Jazz Super Cruise - Ft Lauderdale, FL

         2018      

            -        Ronnie Scott's - London, UK  

            -        Newport Jazz Festival - Newport, RI

            -        Aalener Jazz Festival - Aalen, Germany 

            -        Clamores - Madrid, Spain 

            -        John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center - Washington, DC

            -        Monty Alexander Jazz Festival - Easton, MD

            -        Charlie Parker Jazz Festival - Harlem, NY

            -        San Jose Jazz Summer Fest - San Jose, CA

            -        Festival Da Jazz St Moritz - Saint Moritz-bad, Switzerland

            -        Cala Gonone Jazz Festival - Cagliari, Italy 

            -        Duc des Lombards - Paris, France  

            -        Mimo Festival - Amarante, Portugal

            -        Ancona Jazz Festival - Ancona, Italy

            -        Montagnola Jazz Festival - Bologna, Italy

            -        Montreal International Jazz Festival - Montreal, Canada

            -        Bird's Basement - Melbourne, Australia

            -        Central Jersey Jazz Festival - New Brunswick, NJ

            -        Faena Hotel Emerging Artist Series - Miami, FL

            -        Caroga Lake Music Festival - Caroga Lake, NY

            -        Clifford Brown Jazz Festival - Wilmington, DE

            -        Playboy Jazz Festival - Los Angeles, CA

            -        Atlanta Jazz Festival - Atlanta, GA

            -        Metropolitan Museum - New York, NY         

            -        Today Show - New York, NY

            -        Harry Connick Jr Show - New York, NY

            -        Museum of Contemporary Art - Chicago, IL

            -        Pizza Express - London, United Kingdom

            -        Stables - Milton Keynes, United Kingdom

            -        Konzerthaus, Werner Otto Hall - Berlin, Germany

            -       Jazz Aspen - Aspen, Colorado

            -       Dazzle - Denver, Colorado

            -       Java Jazz Festival - Jakarta, Indonesia                  

            -       Touhill Performing Arts Center - St Louis, MO

            -       Mid-Atlantic Jazz Festival - Rockville, MD

            -       Blue Note - New York, NY

            -       South Restaurant & Jazz Club - Philadelphia, PA

            -       Ali Cultural Arts Center - Pompano Beach, FL

            -       Apollo Music Cafe - New York, NY

            -       Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club - Bethesda, MD

            -       Imagine Solutions Conference - Naples, FL

            -       YANY Gala - New York, NY

            -       Hackensack Performing Arts Center - Hackensack, NJ

            -       APAP Showcase - New York, NY

            -       Harlem Stage - New York, NY

            -       Style Fashion Week - New York, NY

 

         2017

            -      Carnegie Hall - New York, NY

            -      Duc Des Lombards - Paris, France

            -      Jazz Club Perugia - Perugia, Italy

            -      Teatro Giordano - Foggia, Italy

            -      Theater Stübchen - Kassel, Germany 

            -      Ellen - The Ellen DeGeneres Show - Burbank, CA

            -      NEA Jazz Masters Tribute - John F. Center for the Performing Arts Washington, DC                                                                                                                  -      Monterey Jazz Festival - Monterey, CA

            -      South Jazz Club - Philadelphia, Pa

            -      Ravinia Festival - Highland Park, IL

            -      John Coltrane Jazz & Blues Festival - High Point, NC

            -      Jazzmobile SummerFest - Great Hill Central Park, NY

            -      Betty Carter Jazz Ahead - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts -  Washington, DC

            -      McDonald's Gospelfest - Newark, NJ            

            -      Outta The Box CD Release Party - Clement's Place - Newark, NJ

            -      Lake Arbor Jazz Festival - Bethesda, MD

            -      First Presbyterian Church Jazz Society - Mount Vernon, NY

            -      9th Anniversary Concert Downing - Gross Cultural Arts Center - Newport News, Va

            -      26th Annual Jazz Foundation of America Loft Party - New York, NY

            -      City of Refuge 20th Anniversary Gala - Atlanta, Ga

            -      Apollo Holiday Special - New York, NY

            -      America's Promise Alliance Gala - New York, NY

            -      Young Audiences New York Gala - New York, NY

            -      International African Arts Festival - Brooklyn, NY

            -      3rd National Annual Blind Idol Competition - Raleigh, NC

            -      An Evening with Matthew Whitaker (Friendship Missionary Baptist Church) -  Charlotte, NC

            -      Hometown Hero Celebration - Hackensack, NJ

            -      The Mildred Thimes Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Annual Benefit - St Louis, MO

            -      The 37TH Annual Richard D. Parsons Community impact Awards Luncheon  -  New York, NY

            -      100 Black Men Derby Scholarship Gala - Louisville, Kentucky

            -      APAP Artist Showcase - Yamaha Salon - New York, NY

            -      APAP Artist Showcase - Hilton - New York, NY     

            -      Harlem School of the Arts Fundraiser (Musical Director) - Highline Ballroom  -  New York, NY

         2016

            -      Showtime at the Apollo - Apollo Theater - New York, NY

            -      DEMO by Damian Woetzel: Heroes - John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Washington, DC

            -      NJPAC Women's Association Gala - New Jersey Performing Arts Center - Newark, NJ 

            -      The Young Musicians Concert - Carnegie Hall - Weill Recital Hall - New York, NY

            -      The Spirit of Helen Keller Gala - Jazz at Lincoln Center - Appel Room - New York, NY

            -      John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts Jazz Club - Washington, DC

            -      Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts - West Palm Beach, FL

            -      SF Jazz Center - San Francisco, CA

            -      25th Annual Jazz Loft Party - Jazz Foundation of America - New York, NY

            -      Bard College SummerScape Spiegeltent - New York, NY

            -      The New Brunswick Jazz Project - New Brunswick, NJ

            -      Ali Cultural Arts Center - Pompano Beach, FL

         2015      

            -      Jazz a' Vienne Festival - Vienne, France 

            -      Oimachi Dondaku Future Legends Kids 2015 - Shinagawa Tokyo, Japan

            -      Blues People's Festival International Organ Jam - Newark, NJ

            -      1st Annual Bergen County Music Festival - Ridgefield Pk, NJ

            -      Summer Jazz Series - White Plains, NY

            -      Riverview Jazz Festival - Jersey City, NJ

            -      Apollo Theater - New York, NY

            -      Metropolitan Museum - LHMS, NY

            -      Harlem Speaks - Harlem, NY

         2014 

            -      Jazz a' Vienne Festival - Vienne, France

            -      13th Annual A Great Night In Harlem - Jazz Foundation of America, NY

            -      New Haven Jazz Festival, CT

            -      5th Annual "Apollo Stars of Tomorrow Holiday Show" - Apollo Theater, NY

            -      Young Marvels Series - Ovation Television Network

            -      Apollo Spring Gala 2014 - 80th Birthday Celebration - Apollo Theater, NY

            -      United Nations NGO Conference, NY

            -      CBS Sunday Morning - WCBS TV, NY

            -      The Velvet Note - GA

            -      Mack Brandon's Gospel Explosion, NJ 

            -      23rd Annual Jazz Foundation of America Loft Party, NJ 

         2013

            -      12th Annual A Great Night In Harlem - Jazz Foundation of America, NY

            -      22nd Annual Jazz Loft Party - Jazz Foundation of America, NY

            -      4th Annual "Apollo Stars of Tomorrow Holiday Show" - Apollo Theater, NY

            -      Dizzy's Club Coca Cola, NY

            -      10th Anniversary Gold Concert - Tokyo, Japan

            -      Harlem Jazz Shrine Festival - Apollo Theater, NY

            -      United Nations Youth Assembly - United Nations Headquarters, NY

            -      Vision Festival 18 - The Roulette, NY

            -      Somethin Jazz Club - New York, NY      

         2012

            -      The International Festival of Blind Musicians - Tetouan, Morocco 

            -      The Friends of the Certosa di Capri International Arts Festival - Capri, Italy

            -      21st Annual Jazz Loft Party Fundraiser - Jazz Foundation of America, NY

            -     'Yomiuri TV' - Nishinomiya, Japan

            -     'NY Style' live report on 'Good Morning Japan' - Japanese Television

            -     'World Wave Tonight' - Japanese Television 

            -     'The Early Show' - WCBS TV, NY

            -      Jazz Standard - Dr. Lonnie Smith 70th Birthday Celebration, NY

            -      Joe's Pub - Jonathan Batiste & The Stay Human Band, NY

            -      Central Park- SummerStage Concert - Ozomatli and The NY Pops Orchestra, NY

            -      BBTC Jazz and Blues Festival - Trenton, NJ

            -      Sakura Cherry Blossom Festival - NY

            -      Harlem Jazz Shrine Festival - Apollo Theater, NY

            -      A Great Night In Harlem - Jazz Foundation of America, NY 

            -      3rd Annual Apollo Stars of Tomorrow Holiday Show - Apollo Theater, NY           

            -      Somethin' Jazz Club - NY

         2011

            -      Apollo Spring Gala - Stevie Wonder Induction Into The Apollo Legends Hall of Fame - Apollo Theater, NY

            -      Asia International Piano Festival by People with Disabilities - Osaka, Japan

            -      U.S. Consul General to Japan Solo Concert - Osaka, Japan

            -      Central Park - SummerStage Concert - Roy Ayers Birthday Celebration with Jazz  Mafia Symphony, New York, NY

            -      20th Annual Jazz Loft Party Fundraiser - Jazz Foundation of America, NY

            -      US Open - USTA  Family Day Event , NY

            -      Harlem Jazz Shrine Festival -Apollo Theater, NY

            -      Harlem 4 Japan TOMO Benefit Concert – City College of NY

            -      Harlem Opera Theater – Tribute to Dorothy Maynor, NY

            -      WBGO 88.3FM – Testimonial, Newark, NJ

            -      Museum of the City of New York – Apollo Theater 75th Anniversary Celebration, NY

            -      Lincoln Center Atrium – Apollo Theater 75th Anniversary Celebration, NY

         2010

            -      Amateur Night at the Apollo Child Stars of Tomorrow -  Apollo Theater, NY

            -      Amateur Night at the Apollo Child Stars Best of the Best Concert - Apollo Theater , NY

            -      African American Legacy Project Concert with Reggie Workman & Francina Connors, NY

 

COMMUNITY EVENTS

            -      Ernie Anastos Day In New York - New York, NY

            -      United Nations International School - New York, NY

            -      Disability Pride NYC Event - New York, NY

            -      The Long Island Sound Keeper Benefit, Stamford, Ct

            -      The Cantigas Women's Choir Concert , NJ

            -      Montclair African-American Heritage Foundation, NJ

            -      4th Annual Great Streets Honors Ceremony - Congress Heights Community Training & Development Corp. Washington, DC

            -      Walmart Tribute to Dr Martin Luther King - Bentonville, Arkansas

            -      Special Education Week Celebration, NJ

            -      The Reginald F. Lewis Museum Gala Fudraiser - Reginald F. Lewis Residence, NY 

            -      Teach for America 20th Anniversary Summit, NJ

            -      Martin Luther King Jr Senior Citizens Benefit Concert, NJ

            -      Youth Empowerment Conference - National Sorority of Phi Delta Kappa Inc., Pi  Chapter, NJ                                                                                                    -      Montclair Live Benefit Event To Aid Jersey Shore Recovery, NJ

            -      National Federation of the Blind Holiday Celebration, NJ

            -      New Hope Baptist Church of Hackensack - Camp Hope Benefit Concert, NJ

            -      19th Annual Gala Children Therapy Center Fundraiser, NJ

            -      Progressive Club Ministries Scholarship Event, NY

            -      Global Fund for Children Gala Fundraiser, NY

            -      Cultural Access Networks Awards - Bergen County Disabilities, NJ

            -      Haiti Relief Concert, NY

            -      35th Anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Angola Celebration, NY 

 

AWARDS AND SCHOLARSHIPS

            -      The ASCAP Foundation Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composers Award - 2019 for his original song 'Emotions!"

            -      Delta Sigma Theata Sorority, INC. Emerging Artist Award - 2019

            -      The Harlem Stage Emerging Artist Award - 2018

            -      7 Rising Stars - 201 Magazine - 2018 

            -      Young Futurist - The Root - 2018

            -      20 under 20 as a performing artist. - Crain's Business New York breakout list  - 2017

            -      17 people to watch in New Jersey - The Record - 2017

            -      Visionary Excellence Award - Insightful Visionaries - 2017

            -      Young Audiences NY 2017 Arts Honoree Award - 2017

            -      International Goodwill Ambassador Award - City of Hackensack, NJ - 2017

            -      Hometown Hero Award - Tri-Arc Community Development Corp - 2017

            -      The ASCAP Foundation Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award - 2017

            -      Showtime at the Apollo - Winner - 2016

            -      The ASCAP Foundation Herb Alpert Young Jazz Composer Award - 2016

            -      Outstanding Soloist Award - Essentially Ellington Jazz Band Competition and Festival -  2016

            -      Outstanding Soloist Award - Charles Mingus HS Competition and Festival - 2016

            -      Most Remarkable Young Person on Screen - Harlem International Film Festival - 2016

            -      Community Service Award - County of Bergen New Jersey - 2014 

            -      Joint Legislative Resoultion from The Senate and Geneal Assembly of The State of New Jersey -  2012

            -      Dream Tree Foundation Scholarship -2012

            -      African American Heritage Parade Cultural Award (Next Generation Jazz Musician) 

            -      Irwin Widelitz Scholarship – 2011

            -      Bergen County Division on Disability Services Salute to Champions Award - 2011

            -      Bergen County Board of Chosen Freeholders Salute to Champions Certificate of Commendation Award

            -      Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition Salute to Champions Award - 2011

            -      Bergen County Special Services School District Salute to Champions Award - 2011

 

EDUCATION

 

             *     Manhattan School of Music

                    Precollege Jazz Studies

    

             *     Filomen M. D’Agostino Greenberg Music School – New York, NY

                   Classical piano – Dalia Sakas. 

                   Drum Kit, percussion instruments and jazz band – Marc Wagnon

                   Braille Music – Dalia Sakas and Stevtlana Avezbakiyeva

 

             *     Harlem School of the Arts – Harlem NY

                   Jazz piano – Sonelius Smith and D.D. Jackson. 

                   Jazz drum kit – Rudolph “Rudy” Byrd.         

                   Jazz band – Steve Oquendo

                   Advance Jazz Combo – D. D. Jackson

 

            *     Jazz House Kids – Montclair, NJ

                   Organ Ensemble – Radam Schwartz

                   Big Band - Julius Tolentino

 

             *     Lincoln Square Neighborhood Community Center – New York, NY

                  Jazz piano – Barry Harris 

 

             *     Private Study 

                   Organ & Piano - Shedrick Mitchell 

                   Classical piano - Erasmia Volukelatos

Photo Credit:  Jacob Blickenstaff