• Dateline: Sydney

    April 21, 2014

    This Chicago boy is excited to announce that I’ve relocated to Sydney, Australia.  We got here about a month ago, and I’m really inspired by the musicianship and culture in this amazing city.  I’ll still be coming back to play and teach in the States–look for me in Chicago and New Orleans in Septem...

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  • A Resonant Podcast

    January 21, 2014

    I am happy to be featured in the January episode of the Resonant Radio Podcast, hosted and produced by the great Chicago bassist and composer Jeff Greene.  Tune to hear me talk about my travels in Africa and some solo fingerstyle guitar, and while you’re at it check out the other great interviews including one [...]...

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  • New Live Radio Sessions

    August 4, 2013

    You can stream  or download sessions from my July Residency on WBEZ, Chicago Public Radio.  The bands include my duo with Steve Doyle, my duo with Mathew Tembo, Trio, Mokili, the Occidental Brothers Dance Band Int’l, and solo guitar.  Enjoy!  ...

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  • Radio Residency

    July 2, 2013

    I am in residence for the month of July on WBEZ Chicago.  That means that I’ll be playing on air every Monday during the Morning Shift program.  Here’s the whole schedule of my collaborations: 7/1: Duo with Steve Doyle 7/8: Trio Mokili w Junius Paul & Makaya McCraven 7/15: Duo with Zambian artist M...

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  • New Music with Stevie Doyle

    May 23, 2013

    I’m very excited to be collaborating with the amazing Steve Doyle on a new body of duets.  Check out a couple of demos on the LISTEN page, and watch for us at City Winery and the Hideout this summer.  The rule suggested by Steve for repertoire is that each new song we add needs to [...]...

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  • Ferst School

    April 12, 2013

    The Occidental Brothers played a couple of sets for the special-needs  students at Ferst School today in Chicago.  Unbelievable experience–the students and their teachers/caretakers were so inspiring!  Never stop learning....

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  • Reggae One Hundred

    December 11, 2012

    This session, I charted and taught my 100th tune for the Old Town School’s Reggae Ensemble. Still so many good tunes to do! Can’t wait for next session. 54-46 Was My Number – Toots and the Maytals A Love I Can Feel – John Holt Addis Ababa – Skatalites Ah It Mek – Desmond Dekker [...]...

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  • New Sounds

    December 6, 2012

    I’ve been working on a set of fingerstyle guitar pieces and had the pleasure to drop some of them on stage at Chicago’s Whistler last week.  Just threw some demos on the “listen” page… let me know what you think!...

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  • OTSFM Ensemble Concert

    November 27, 2012

    Please join me as my OTSFM classes present their graduation concert: Kill Yr Idols: The Clash Reggae the Afrobeat Jam Session Songwriters’ Ensemble It happens at the Independence Tap, 3932 W irving Park Road Sunday December 16, 3pm...

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  • OTSFM Afrobeat Openhouse

    November 27, 2012

    Please join my Afrobeat Ensemble and Rick Neuhouse’s Djembe 2 class as we get together for an open class collaboration/performance.  2:30 in Szold Hall on Saturday December 15!...

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