“It’s only a matter of time. It brings me great excitement to announce that I won the Up & Coming category in the 2018 Modern Drummer Magazine Readers Poll. I would like thank everyone who voted for me. I greatly appreciate the support. Teamwork makes the dream work. Lastly I would like to thank Ken Micallef for doing a write-up on my career in the MD magazine last year.
I am honored to receive this award.
From the January 2017 issue of Modern Drummer
Q: What surprised you about the New York music scene once you arrived?
A: That I had to constantly push and play at a high level. In Hartford [Connecticut], some gigs are meaningful, others are not. But in New York you always have to bring your “A” game. You never know who’s going to be there. Even playing Smalls at 1 a.m., I’ve had Kamasi Washington, Kurt Rosenwinkel, and Peter Bernstein come by to hang. The intensity you feel in New York City every day grows on you. Moving here made me a better musician.