Sunday, January 7th, 2018

For the next two months, I will be playing host and Deejay for Nick Mazzarella's Anagram Series on Monday Nights at Elastic Arts Foundation. This series explores new jazz and improvised music, featuring two different Chicago ensembles each week. For more information on the visual, musical, and movement arts being curated at Elastic, please visit their website:


Thursday, November 16th, 2017.

After receiving a special projects grant from The Luminarts Foundation, I'm happy to announce that Black Diamond will be touring the Pacific Northwest in March 2018. More details to come. 

Friday, August 11th, 2017.

Today is the official release of Black Diamond's debut recoding, Mandala (Shifting Paradigm Records). We will be joined by Rachele Eve tonight at Constellation for the release show. 

photo: Jeremy Catledge

photo: Jeremy Catledge

Thursday, March 9th, 2017.

I am happy to announce that I have been awarded a Fellowship through the Luminarts Cultural Foundation in Chicago. After a preliminary audition round of over one hundred applicants, I was selected to play alongside seven other musicians for a panel of judges, including the great Willie Pickens. Luminarts does a phenomenal job of supporting Chicago artists of all concentrations, and I am very excited to be able to mobilize my larger projects with their support.


As of February 2017, I am now teaching lessons at the Flatts and Sharpe music stores in Chicago! If you're interested in studying saxophone, flute, clarinet, piano, improvisation, or music theory (all at very affordable rates), please contact 773.774.1740 (Norwood Park), or 773.465.5233 (Rogers Park).

Wednesday, Feb 15th, 2017

The record is mixed! We will be sending it off to be mastered this month, and will be releasing some exciting previews soon, with the help of our beloved artist/designer Marine Tempels, and film maker Sydney O'Haire.

(L-R) Nick Broste (engineer), Neil Hemphill (dr), myself, Matt Ulery (bass), and Artie Black at the end of our two days of tracking at Minbal Studios in Chicago. (December 13 - 14, 2016)

Following the tradition of the last three holiday seasons, Chicago trumpeter Quentin Coaxum put together a spirited recreation of Vince Guaraldi's compositions. The performance took place at the beautiful Fulton Street Collective loft space, and was reviewed by Downbeat Magazine's Izzy Yellen. See full article on the Downbeat Magazine website.


Over the next ten days (10.5-10.15), I will be participating in a six-part workshop with Chicago saxophonist Steve Coleman. Coleman is a MacArthur fellow (amongst many other grant-supported foundations), and one of the most serious devotees to music I have ever met. His concept is original, deep, and has been in development since the late 1980's. I urge musicians and non-musicians alike to explore his website for information on his life, knowledge, and his Chicago performance schedule.

Visit Steve's website here.

I am happy to now be a part of the Rock Start music lessons company. I'll be offering instruction on saxophone, flute, and clarinet. Feel free to visit Rockstart's website for more information