cooking at a jazz gig

Performances Playing Primarily Jazz:

  • Festivals in small combos including, most recently, Lavender and Juan de Fuca festivals
  • Played flute and sang at hundreds of receptions of all kinds, and other events
  • Had steady gigs playing jazz at restaurants and clubs including Pacific Exchange (Berkeley, CA), The Wine Shop (Hayward, CA), and more recently, Olympic Cellars Winery and The Landings Restaurant and Bar in Port Angeles, WA.
  • While abroad, I played jazz in various ensembles with pianists, violinists, guitar players in France, Switzerland, Greece, Hungary, Austria
  • I have also performed on several occasions with a Canadian jazz quartet and a lounge pianist at Banff Springs Hotel, Alberta and Kelowna, B.C.
  • In 2007, I performed with Ali Ryerson, Holly Hofmann, Keith Underwood, Mark Levine, John Wiitala and other prominent jazz musicians at NFA Convention in Albuquerque
  • In 2009, I performed with flutists Ryerson, Hofmann, Hubert Laws, Lew Tabackin, Keyboardist Mike Wofford and other prominents at NFA Convention in New York City

Related Musical Accomplishments:

  • Composed several jazz tunes which I've performed over the years
  • Organized and led many jazz combos, including The Carlos Xavier Trio, The Amber Jazz Duo, Through The Ages (quartet and trio), Flutet

Some Of My Jazz Influences Are:

  • Jazz flute workshop in Hidden Valley, CA., with Ali Ryerson
  • Jazz flute with Holly Hofmann
  • Jazz piano with Frank Sumares, Mark Levine
  • Vocal jazz with Greta Matassa
  • Long time interest in recordings of jazz sax player, Phil Woods
  • International Assoc. of Jazz Education (recently discontinued)