Hi there, and welcome. I'm happy to have you here.

I can't remember a time in my life before jazz. In some ways, I feel like it's my first musical language. Nana sang and played piano; she taught me more tunes than I can count, and showed me a thing or two about leading the band. Jamming with my uncles taught me to listen, how to lead and when to follow. My mother's records were the soundtrack of my growing up: Nat King Cole and Peggy Lee and Take 6 and The Singers Unlimited, Bill Evans, Cannonball Adderley, Oscar Peterson, and The Jeff Lorber Fusion. Barbershop harmonies from my great-uncles. Every lick of the Omnibook infused into me at 40 bpm and then at 42 and then at 44 as my sister painstakingly followed Parker's path. My formal education in jazz had more to do with realization than with discovery, like telling a fish about water.

I believe in jazz. I believe it's America's greatest cultural contribution to the world. I believe that the vocal jazz ensemble is entering an exciting new era as second-generation vocal jazz educators and arrangers continue to push the boundaries of technique and expression.

On the site, you can find sample recordings of my work as a singer, songwriter, and arranger, plus video clips of my work as an ensemble director and classroom teacher. Feel free to look around, have a listen, and drop me a line. I'd love to hear from you.

Tyler