Bio

Personal

BORN: November 5, 1954 in Charleston, South Carolina USA
HEIGHT: 5’7″
WEIGHT: 185
HAIR: black
EYES: brown


Education

UP WITH PEOPLE HIGH SCHOOL – graduate, 1971
MONTEREY PENINSULA COLLEGE (Monterey, California USA) – 1972-74
self-taught on voice, piano, percussion


Experience

UP WITH PEOPLE!, a musical revue (international tour) 1970-72
vocal soloist, drummer – recorded album (featuring 3 solos), 1971
commercial jingle for Sears; first aired during Olympic telecast, Munich, 1972

DE ANZA COLLEGE (Cupertino, California USA) 1982-86
accompanist – arranger for Dance Department
musical director for Summer Musicals
shows included: PORGY & BESS
GODSPELL
MAKE WAY FOR LOVE
ASSAULT & PEPPER (featuring 2 original songs)


Television – Films

BAD JIM – starring James Brolin, Richard Roundtree, John Clark Gable
21st Century Film Co. released 1990
on-screen appearance, performing 2 original songs

ENTERTAINMENT TONIGHT – feature; aired October 1989

USA TODAY – feature; aired July 1989

JOE FRANKLIN SHOW – musical performance, panel guest; aired October 1989


Recordings

IN TIME OUT – Bangkok International Big Band, recorded 2000 guest vocalist, 3 songs

WITH ANGEL LOVE – produced by Tei Kobayashi, recorded 1999 voices and piano, 9 original songs

CALL HIS NAME – produced by Reach Ministries, recorded 1998 voice and piano; gospel, spirituals and contemporary Christian music

VOOTI – produced by Vooti Productions, recorded 1997 vocalist with the Noel Jewkes Ensemble

BLUE LIGHTS – produced by Treasure Island Sound, recorded 1996 voice and piano

RHYTHM, REASON & RHYME – produced by Ozmosis Records, recorded 1995 vocalist with trio, concert recording; 2 original songs, plus original lyric for a jazz standard

TOO MUCH FUN! – produced by TuSco Records, recorded 1988 voice (piano on 1 song) with quartet (octet on one song); 5 original songs


Performance

1988:

MISSION RANCH, Carmel, CA – Re-U-Night concert – vocalist with sextet

BIMBO’S 365 CLUB, San Francisco, CA – album release concert; vocalist with 5 different bands

KIMBALL’S, San Francisco, CA – vocalist with quintet

GARDEN CITY, San Jose, CA – vocalist with Smith Dobson Trio

SEASIDE JAZZ & ART SHOW, Seaside, CA – vocalist with trio

1989:

MONTEREY JAZZ FESTIVAL, Monterey, CA – vocalist with quartet

VINE STREET BAR & GRILL, Hollywood, CA – vocalist with trio

BIRDLAND, New York, NY – vocalist with Ray Drummond Trio

1990:

DAVE BRUBECK TRIBUTE, Concord, CA – hometown birthday dinner for Dave

Brubeck; vocal performance with Brubeck

JAZZ TIMES CONVENTION, New Orleans, LA – vocalist with Loren Pickford Quartet

SNUG HARBOR, New Orleans, LA – vocalist with Joel Simpson Trio

GIOVANNI BAR & GRILL, Concord, CA – Jazz Giovanni ’90 series; vocalist with trio

JAZZ AT PEARL’S, San Francisco, CA – vocalist with quartet

1991:

YOSHI’S, Oakland, CA – vocalist with quartet

REGIONAL CENTER FOR THE ARTS, Walnut Creek, CA – “What is This Thing Called Jazz?”, a musical revue; musical director, narrator/vocalist

DOUBLETREE HOTEL, Walnut Creek, CA – vocalist/pianist with the Doubletree-o

RHEEM THEATRE, Moraga, CA – vocalist with trio

1992:

CLUB JAZZ, San Jose, CA – vocalist with trio

MAX’S OPERA CAFE, Walnut Creek, CA – Duke Ellington tribute; vocalist with trio

JOHN XXIII AIDS BENEFIT, Seaside, CA – vocalist/pianist with guests

RHEEM THEATRE, Moraga, CA – premiere party for Miles Davis movie “Dingo”; vocalist with quartet

1993:

G.B. RATTO & CO., Oakland, CA – vocalist with duo

REJOICE! REJOICE!, San Francisco, CA – African-American Jazz Worship Service; vocalist with choir, septet

GARDEN CITY, San Jose, CA – vocalist with Martan Mann Trio

CELEBRITY’S, Dublin, CA – vocalist/pianist

FAIRMONT HOTEL, San Francisco, CA – vocalist/ pianist with vocalist Clairdee

1994:

MILLS COLLEGE, Oakland, CA – Jazz Festival; vocalist with trio

PLUSH ROOM, San Francisco, CA – vocalist/pianist with vocalist Clairdee

‘NESSA CONCERT, Pittsburg, CA – memorial concert; vocalist with Poncho Sancez, Clare Fischer, others

AIDS HEALTH PROJECT CONCERT, San Francisco, CA – vocalist/pianist with vocalist Clairdee

1995:

JULIE RING’S HEART & SOUL, San Francisco, CA – vocalist with trio

SAN FRANCISCO JAZZ FESTIVAL, San Francisco, CA – vocalist/pianist with Noel Jewkes’ Legato Express

LARKSPUR CAFE THEATRE, Larkspur, CA – vocalist with trio

FAIRMONT HOTEL, San Francisco, CA – vocalist/pianist

1996:

NEW YORK BAR, Tokyo, Japan – vocalist with pianist

QUO QUO, Hong Kong – vocalist/pianist

VIVANDE RISTORANTE, San Francisco, CA – vocalist/pianist

1997:

THE JAZZ STORE, Carmel, CA – vocalist with trio

WEST COAST CABARET CONVENTION, San Francisco, CA – vocalist/pianist for “Jazz Night at the Cabaret Convention”

KIMBALL’S EAST, Emeryville, CA – benefit concert for Eddie Duran; vocalist with Larry Dunlap, Eddie Marshall, others

FRIENDS OF JAZZ, San Francisco, CA – vocalist at “Living Legends” concert, with Allen Smith, Omar Clay, Larry Vuckovich, others

1998:

STORYVILLE, San Francisco, CA – vocalist with house trio; host of weekly jam session

VIVANDE RISTORANTE, San Francisco, CA – Sunday Jazz Brunch series; vocalist/percussionist with trio

GRAND HYATT, Hong Kong – vocalist/pianist

STOPOVER LOUNGE, Tokyo, Japan – vocalist/pianist

RUSSIAN RIVER JAZZ FESTIVAL, Guerneville, CA – Duke Ellington tribute; vocalist with Bill Bell Big Band

1999:

MISSISSIPPI SLIM’S, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia – vocalist/pianist

JESTER’S, Bangkok, Thailand – vocalist/pianist, trio

J.W.’S, Bangkok, Thailand – vocalist/pianist

NEW YORK BAR, Tokyo, Japan – vocalist/pianist, trio

2000:

TERRY’S BAR, Tokyo, Japan – vocalist/pianist; concert and clinic

WITCHES’ TAVERN, Bangkok, Thailand – vocalist with Bangkok International Big Band

J.W.’S, Bangkok, Thailand – vocalist with quintet

DA MAURIZIO, Phuket, Thailand – vocalist/pianist

2001:

NEW YORK BAR, Tokyo, Japan – vocalist/pianist with guitarist Mimi Fox

LIVING ROOM, Bangkok, Thailand – vocalist/pianist, trio

MORGAN’S CAFE, Monterey, CA – vocalist with Along Came Betty (jazz quintet)

2002:

HOUSE OF BLUES & JAZZ, Shanghai, China – vocalist/drummer with trio

C J W (Cigar Jazz Wine), Shanghai, China – vocalist with quintet

JAZZ & BLUES COMPANY, Carmel, CA – vocalist with Along Came Betty (jazz quintet)

CASPAR COMMUNITY CENTER, Caspar, CA – vocalist/pianist, concert and vocal clinic

CAFE ANDANTE, Yokohama, Japan – vocalist/pianist

2003:

TERRY’S BAR, Tokyo, Japan – vocalist/pianist, concert and vocal clinic

NEW YORK BAR, Tokyo, Japan – vocalist with pianist

PARIS BAR, Seoul, Korea – vocalist/pianist

MENDOCINO ARTS CENTRE, Mendocino, CA – vocalist/pianist, concert and vocal clinic


Biographical Timeline

1954 – born November 5, in Charleston, South Carolina
1967 – form pop group, The Soul Seekers, with sister Nina, in Taipei, Taiwan
performs for dances at school and youth clubs; an original song was performed by the group on Armed Forces Radio
1968 – at vocal music director Richard Sheere’s urgings, joins Seaside High Chamber Choir.
begins developing a serious approach to singing
1970 – joins Up With People, an international musical revue, as a principal vocal soloist
completes senior year of high school while traveling (a Up With People High School graduate)
1971 – performs several solos on “The Up With People Show” LP, recorded live in Tacoma, Washington
1972 – tours Italy; records soundtrack for a Sears TV commercial, which debuted during Munich Olympics telecast
leaves Up With people, returns to Monterey
1973 – takes post as music minister with a Catholic Church; arranging music for vocal group
begins practicing piano to enhance arranging and songwriting
performs first club engagement in Monterey; performing all styles of songs
1974 – sits in with all-star band, featuring Art Pepper, Eugene Wright, Blue Mitchell, & Jack Sheldon; Pepper and Wright offer advice, encouragement
1975 – performs first solo club engagement, accompanying himself on piano
works as jingle singer and arranger
1978 – opens for Richard Pryor’s appearance in Monterey
enters songwriting partnership with Peter J. McQuade; together they compose over 40 songs
1982 – relocates to San Jose, begins performing in San Francisco bay area
works as dance accompanist at DeAnza College; also acts as musical director for summer theatre productions
1986 – contracts meningitis, loses speech; spends six weeks re-learning to talk and sing
1987 – upon recovery, decides to focus on singing jazz; completes pop and ‘request room’ commitments at the end of year
meets Tup Lohse; together they form TuSco, begin working on an LP
1988 – records Too Much Fun! at Fantasy Studios; performs release party/concerts in Monterey and San Francisco
1989 – performs showcases in New York City and Hollywood
has guest appearance in film, “Bad Jim”
performs at the Monterey Jazz Festival
1990 – performs with Dave Brubeck at a 70th birthday celebration in Brubeck’s birthplace, Concord CA
Too Much Fun! is placed on Best-Jazz Recordings-of the Year in USA Today
1991 – narrates, directs and stars in Tup Lohse’s revue, “What Is This Thing Called Jazz?”
1993 – performs as guest soloist in REJOICE! REJOICE!, an African-American Jazz Worship Service with choir, instrumental septet
1995 – records live concert, released as rhythm, reason & rhyme in 1996
1996 – begins performing and teaching in Asia
2000 – records a CD of original compositions, entitled with angel love, produced by contemporary artist Tei Kobayashi
with Mark Hodgkins, forms the Bangkok International Big Band; performs as featured vocalist
records with Bangkok International Big Band; released on CD as In Time Out
2001 – records duo session with pianist Cedar Walton, in New York City
2003 – continues to perform and teach throughout Asia