Boston Symphony Orchestra

 Truly honored.  What a wonderful article!


Ellis Marsalis -In Memoriam

This album changed my life. 

This album made me shed the C Blues. It made me think about different ensembles for jazz. I was first introduced to "The Patriarch" on this album, Joe Cool Blues, which I bought because Khalil

PhD/EdD/DMA: which to get and how it goes

Many people have asked about which terminal degree to get; they want to teach music in college, and asked about funding.  Here are some FAQs that I hope to answer for anyone who is interested.  Hope this helps!
Musically Yours, …

How to Write a Composition/Story Full

How to write a composition or story Many people have asked me, "How do you write a story?" or "How do you write a piece of music?"

To answer the question directly, one must storyboard.

Traditionally, storyboard is defined as…


It's been over a year since I've posted.  Dissertation is almost done! THANK THE LORD!!!!!!!!!

Marcus Belgrave

I've been trying to hold back from saying something but I can't. I've been fighting tears. Marcus Belgrave was so meaningful in my life. One day he gave me and Omar Lateef the biggest whooping ever on the blues at…

Michael Jackson: The Quincy Years

Michael Jackson: The Quincy Years
My brother Brad asked me,"What was MJ's best album?" This is a hard question and almost impossible to answer. My cousin Teshenia says I need to answer things better; however, this is still a trick…

Bessie Lee Henderson

My mother passed on September 9, 6:00am CST.  I miss her dearly.

I'm so grateful for the concert we had at the funeral.  There wasn't much crying.  Why?  I wanted to celebrate her life.  We had glorious singing by Kisma…

Dream Come True: Maurica

I haven't blogged in a while.  My mother has been sick.  She's been situated. AMEN!!!

I recently recorded a great singer last month.  She nailed the part of Pearl to a science on a song I wrote with Marcus and…

How to write a composition or story Part Three

Really, this should be called,"Don't have an ego"

I'm an emotional artist.  I put some much into every note I compose, every phrase I arrange, and every word I write.  Therefore, I become attached to everything.

With that…

Production 101: Rhythm Section

The most influential album in my life is arguably Quincy Jones' Sounds and Stuff Like That.  In the liner notes (written by Alex Haley) Q calls Anthony Jackson, Eric Tee, Phil Upchurch, and Grady Tate the greatest rhythm section…

How to write a composition or story Part Two

When writing your story, one thing to perhaps keep in mind is how long will your story be.  I was CONVINCED when I first wrote my upcoming book that it was going to be a novelette.

Novelette?  Okay, let…