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Music
New John Legend Single

Super excited to be playing my beautiful tenor saxophone on the new single by @johnlegend “You Deserve It All”. We had a great time recording it in the studio and I’m excited to hear the finished product! Much love & thanks to for writing such a great song 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾   Listen & download it now wherever […]

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Thoughts
The Bell Tolls For Content

Scott Mayo July 29, 2021 | 5:31am   As a long-time member of the musical community, it seems that the latest dance craze sweeping across our world is called Content. Go. Faster. More. Content! It feels as if today’s musicians, songwriters and producers are trapped on an never ending merry go round always being told […]

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Brazil
The 1st show of 2021!

Yay! We’re playing our first, post-pandemic show at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday, August 15. More shows are being added every few days, so check my schedule fairly often to keep up to date and to see if we’ll be in your area. Hollywood Bowl show info is here: https://scottmayomusic.com/event/sergio-mendes-hollywood-bowl-2021/

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Television
Genius: Aretha

I’m excited to be among the group of musicians who are part of Genius: Aretha starring Academy Award nominee Cynthia Erivo.  The new 4-part series airs tonight, Sunday, March 21st at 9:00pm or find the  Monday night rebroadcasted on Hulu. 

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Music
And the Grammy goes to..

John Legend for his Grammy Award for Best R & B album, “Bigger Love” win last night! I’m honored to be among the group of talented arrangers on this beautiful project. Much love and thanks to John, Raphael Saadiq & Jamelle Adisa for believing in a brotha & letting me do my thang!! Let’s do […]

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News
Go, Dog. Go! on Netflix

I’m super excited to be one of the musicians playing in the new Netflix children’s series Go, Dog. Go!. Much love to composer Paul Buckley and his team of talented souls like Eric Santiestevan for writing such beautiful & challenging music for my #woodwinds and the #orchestra. Be sure to tune in & watch this adorable new […]

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Music
“I Know This Guy” Podcast Interview

I’m excited to be included in the diverse group of subjects interviewed by Norm Farrar AKA the Beard Guy as part of the “I Know This Guy…” series. We covered a wide range of topics from growing up as a young musician, becoming a professional in Los Angeles and the affect of COVID-19 on the […]

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Television
Inaugural “Celebrating America” Event

In a whirlwind of a week, I got a chance to play some of my lovelies as part of tonight’s Biden/Harris Inaugural concert, Celebrating America. Much love to Musical Director Rickey Minor and arrangers Lenny Wee & Chris Walden for writing such beautiful music for us to play. Woo hoo!!! The star-studded special featured performances […]

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Uncategorized
Happy Holidays 2020

From my family to yours, may this holiday season be full of peace and joy. Let’s welcome 2021 with an excitement and expectation of expanded peace and blessings for us all as we begin the process of transitioning out of Life With Covid. In the interim, please be safe, wear your masks if you have […]

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Music
Antonín Dvořák – Cello Concerto in B minor excerpt

I recently watched a video of the great cellist, Yo Yo Ma, perform the Cello Concerto in B minor by Czech composer, Antonín Dvořák. In the 1st movement there is a moment that just took my breath away. I wanted to play that beautiful piece of music, so I decided to re-orchestrate it for a […]

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Music
My Early Music Education

One of the best aspects of being a part of the Yamaha Music USA family is their commitment to education. We recently spoke about the impact an early music education had on me and how it is still a consistent part of my life. . . . In Zechariah 4:10, the Bible says, “Do not […]

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Music
Just added real strings!

So excited to have added live strings to my upcoming project “Meu Brasil”. I was happy to work with a great section who helped bring my writing vision into fruition from a studio thousands of miles away. Technology truly is incredible! Can’t wait to share this music with you all. Until then, here’s a lil […]

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Thoughts
Monuments Matter

Monuments Matter Scott Mayo July 4, 2020 | 3:27am Monuments come in many forms; bronze statues in parks, a distinguished building, sculpted faces on a mountain side, or a military base name honoring those who were a significant part of its history. Monuments are purposefully enduring recognition of a cherished moment in time. Monuments matter. […]

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News
His Left Hand

“His Left Hand” Scott Mayo June 18, 2020 | 9:05PM With the speed of our 24 hour news cycle, it’s easy to forget some of the details which sparked the global protests. I would like to look back at one particular detail I found particularly troubling. As George Floyd called out for his deceased mother […]

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News
John Legend “Bigger Love” Release

Of the things I’ve done in the studio during Covid, one of the things I’m most excited to have written & recorded for is the release of “Bigger Love” the new album from John Legend. It was really great to write the arrangement and play the flutes on “Remember Us” ft. Rapsody. Big shouts & […]

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Thoughts
Self Quarantine – Self Reflection

As we enter another month of the Coronavirus pandemic shutdown here in California, many things have entered my mind. Our once normal lives seemed to disappear overnight. One day, it was business as usual. The next, we were under an economic and public health quarantine. The walls that bound the structure and sense of community […]

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News
Liberty And Justice For All

Leadership cuts both ways. When you are given authority, people tend to follow your lead. If that leadership is upright, a society can be led to prosperity. If that leadership is evil, a society can be led into catastrophe, as was the case in Nazi Germany. Leadership under Donald Trump is rife with language, symbols […]

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Thoughts
This Will Never Just Go Away

As published in Pasadena Now: https://www.pasadenanow.com/main/guest-opinion-scott-mayo-this-will-never-just-go-away/ For the last, few days I have tried, as best I can, to reconcile the all too familiar mixture of sadness and outrage that I’m feeling at the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. This is not a rant against police as I have friends and family who are […]

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News
Thoughts And Music For These Strange Times

I went out to Tender Greens the other day to grab some take out and realized, when I walked in the door, that I hadn’t been there since all this Covid-19 madness. It was super strange to see nobody sitting there eating and congregating like I’m used to. As I drove home through the empty […]

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Thoughts
Kobe Thoughts

It’s taken me a while to process how I’ve been feeling since hearing the news about the death of Kobe & Gigi Bryant and the seven others this past Sunday. What was supposed to be a day to celebrate music and my son Michael’s gig later that night as part of the Grammy festivities, became […]

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Thoughts
2019 Year In Review

Well here we are at the end of 2019 and I can’t believe another year has passed so quickly. As I type it’s  December 27 and I, like so many others, am in disbelief at the amazing things this year has brought us. Loved ones were lost, new ones were born, much of the world […]

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News
Autumn 2019

As Summer falls away and  Autumn rolls upon us, we say goodbye to the long, warm summer days and nights while preparing for the shorter days and colder months ahead. I’m, however, getting prepared to hit the road with meastro Sergio Mendes and my brothers & sisters of Brazil2019 in October and November. We have […]

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Music
In studio moments

I’ve been having a great time in the studio lately from practicing Piccolo for a show I had with the amazing Brazilian artist, Arthur Verocai at the Lodge Room in Los Angeles, continuing to get closer to the finish line on my upcoming project, “Meu Brasil”, getting started on the production for vocalist Victor Fields‘ […]

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News
21st Century Musicians

I recently was asked what it takes to be a 21st Century musician and it got me thinking. To me, what it takes to be a 21st Century musician is the about the challenge of balancing the unending need to be commercially multi-faceted while maintaining the specialization of and focus on the things to which […]

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Music
Europe 2019

Excited to head to Europe for a few weeks with Sergio Mendes and the gang! We have a whole series of shows and I expect to have a good and safe time while we’re there. It’s been a few years since we’ve spent an extended time in Europe, so we’re all really looking forward to […]

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Music
Spring 2019

Whoa! How is Spring here so soon? This Winter, Southern California experienced almost historic amounts of rain. The East had and continues to have super cold storms and both coasts had weather issues called things I’ve never heard of! In the midst of all that, I was still working towards the completion of my upcoming album, […]

View More
Thoughts
Remembering James Ingram

I am among the huge list of artists that had the blessing of being in the presence of and touched by the beautiful spirit of James Ingram. I worked with him both in the studio and in concert. To hear that voice from all those hit records singing in the studio or in a rehearsal […]

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Thoughts
2019 is here!

As I write, we’re already 9 days into the new year and I still can’t believe that 2018 is over. For some of us, it was a year that opened the door to new relationships and for others, it was a year where we had to say goodbye to those we loved. Either way, what […]

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Music
A Legendary Christmas

So we just found out that the #1 Christmas album in the country is John Legend’s new “A Legendary Christmas” and we couldn’t be happier about it! I’m excited to have been a part of the talented horn section on John’s first Christmas album and even had the opportunity to write the horn arrangement on […]

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Music
Paul McCartney “Egypt Station”

Since the release of the new Paul McCartney album “Egypt Station” is out, we can FINALLY talk about it. I’m still overjoyed to be part of the choir of singers featured on this project. It’s one thing to be in a group of beautiful voices, another thing to know you’re singing on a cool artist’s […]

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News
Aretha Franklin thoughts…

After hearing the news of Aretha Franklin’s passing this morning, I was holding back tears from the sadness of her loss. You see, unlike many of my friends and associates, I didn’t know her. I never had the chance to meet her, play with her, record for her or even see her live. I lived […]

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Brazil
Getting closer…

Super excited as I’ve been working away at the new project “Meu Brasil” and each day brings a new adventure but I’m beginning to see the finish line. The great Sergio Mendes keeps telling me to take my time and that’s exactly what I’m doing. Currently, I’m in the studio everyday finalizing some vocals, cleaning […]

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Brazil
“Meu Brasil” Update

I can’t believe it’s already June 2018! Time really does fly when you’re having fun. I’ve been hard at work writing and arranging for maestro Sergio Mendes on his new project and on my upcoming and first Brazilian album, Meu Brasil which translates to My Brazil. I’m at the halfway point and am in the […]

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Music
Real Horns For You?

If you’ve been looking to add the sound of real horns on your new project, let me help you out. I’d love to create a tailor-made horn arrangement for your new project performed by some of the top horn players in the Los Angeles recording session scene. Professionally recorded in my studio, Pipewind Sound, I […]

View More
Blues In The Night – Los Angeles

Hey LA, come join me as I play in the on-stage band for the Tony and Olivier-Nominated musical about the universal language of the blues. Conceived by Sheldon Epps and directed by Wren Brown, the interweaving stories are defined through songs that cover the range of this American art form, from Bessie Smith to Duke […]

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Blues In The Night – Los Angeles

Hey LA, come join me as I play in the on-stage band for the Tony and Olivier-Nominated musical about the universal language of the blues. Conceived by Sheldon Epps and directed by Wren Brown, the interweaving stories are defined through songs that cover the range of this American art form, from Bessie Smith to Duke […]

View More
Blues In The Night – Los Angeles

Hey LA, come join me as I play in the on-stage band for the Tony and Olivier-Nominated musical about the universal language of the blues. Conceived by Sheldon Epps and directed by Wren Brown, the interweaving stories are defined through songs that cover the range of this American art form, from Bessie Smith to Duke […]

View More
Blues In The Night – Los Angeles

Hey LA, come join me as I play in the on-stage band for the Tony and Olivier-Nominated musical about the universal language of the blues. Conceived by Sheldon Epps and directed by Wren Brown, the interweaving stories are defined through songs that cover the range of this American art form, from Bessie Smith to Duke […]

View More

Music
New John Legend Single

Super excited to be playing my beautiful tenor saxophone on the new single by @johnlegend “You Deserve It All”. We had a great time recording it in the studio and I’m excited to hear the finished product! Much love & thanks to for writing such a great song 👏🏾👏🏾👏🏾   Listen & download it now wherever […]

View More

Thoughts
The Bell Tolls For Content

Scott Mayo July 29, 2021 | 5:31am   As a long-time member of the musical community, it seems that the latest dance craze sweeping across our world is called Content. Go. Faster. More. Content! It feels as if today’s musicians, songwriters and producers are trapped on an never ending merry go round always being told […]

View More

Brazil
The 1st show of 2021!

Yay! We’re playing our first, post-pandemic show at the Hollywood Bowl on Sunday, August 15. More shows are being added every few days, so check my schedule fairly often to keep up to date and to see if we’ll be in your area. Hollywood Bowl show info is here: https://scottmayomusic.com/event/sergio-mendes-hollywood-bowl-2021/

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Television
Genius: Aretha

I’m excited to be among the group of musicians who are part of Genius: Aretha starring Academy Award nominee Cynthia Erivo.  The new 4-part series airs tonight, Sunday, March 21st at 9:00pm or find the  Monday night rebroadcasted on Hulu. 

View More

Music
And the Grammy goes to..

John Legend for his Grammy Award for Best R & B album, “Bigger Love” win last night! I’m honored to be among the group of talented arrangers on this beautiful project. Much love and thanks to John, Raphael Saadiq & Jamelle Adisa for believing in a brotha & letting me do my thang!! Let’s do […]

View More

News
Go, Dog. Go! on Netflix

I’m super excited to be one of the musicians playing in the new Netflix children’s series Go, Dog. Go!. Much love to composer Paul Buckley and his team of talented souls like Eric Santiestevan for writing such beautiful & challenging music for my #woodwinds and the #orchestra. Be sure to tune in & watch this adorable new […]

View More

Music
“I Know This Guy” Podcast Interview

I’m excited to be included in the diverse group of subjects interviewed by Norm Farrar AKA the Beard Guy as part of the “I Know This Guy…” series. We covered a wide range of topics from growing up as a young musician, becoming a professional in Los Angeles and the affect of COVID-19 on the […]

View More

Television
Inaugural “Celebrating America” Event

In a whirlwind of a week, I got a chance to play some of my lovelies as part of tonight’s Biden/Harris Inaugural concert, Celebrating America. Much love to Musical Director Rickey Minor and arrangers Lenny Wee & Chris Walden for writing such beautiful music for us to play. Woo hoo!!! The star-studded special featured performances […]

View More

Uncategorized
Happy Holidays 2020

From my family to yours, may this holiday season be full of peace and joy. Let’s welcome 2021 with an excitement and expectation of expanded peace and blessings for us all as we begin the process of transitioning out of Life With Covid. In the interim, please be safe, wear your masks if you have […]

View More

Music
Antonín Dvořák – Cello Concerto in B minor excerpt

I recently watched a video of the great cellist, Yo Yo Ma, perform the Cello Concerto in B minor by Czech composer, Antonín Dvořák. In the 1st movement there is a moment that just took my breath away. I wanted to play that beautiful piece of music, so I decided to re-orchestrate it for a […]

View More

Music
My Early Music Education

One of the best aspects of being a part of the Yamaha Music USA family is their commitment to education. We recently spoke about the impact an early music education had on me and how it is still a consistent part of my life. . . . In Zechariah 4:10, the Bible says, “Do not […]

View More

Music
Just added real strings!

So excited to have added live strings to my upcoming project “Meu Brasil”. I was happy to work with a great section who helped bring my writing vision into fruition from a studio thousands of miles away. Technology truly is incredible! Can’t wait to share this music with you all. Until then, here’s a lil […]

View More

Thoughts
Monuments Matter

Monuments Matter Scott Mayo July 4, 2020 | 3:27am Monuments come in many forms; bronze statues in parks, a distinguished building, sculpted faces on a mountain side, or a military base name honoring those who were a significant part of its history. Monuments are purposefully enduring recognition of a cherished moment in time. Monuments matter. […]

View More

News
His Left Hand

“His Left Hand” Scott Mayo June 18, 2020 | 9:05PM With the speed of our 24 hour news cycle, it’s easy to forget some of the details which sparked the global protests. I would like to look back at one particular detail I found particularly troubling. As George Floyd called out for his deceased mother […]

View More

News
John Legend “Bigger Love” Release

Of the things I’ve done in the studio during Covid, one of the things I’m most excited to have written & recorded for is the release of “Bigger Love” the new album from John Legend. It was really great to write the arrangement and play the flutes on “Remember Us” ft. Rapsody. Big shouts & […]

View More

Thoughts
Self Quarantine – Self Reflection

As we enter another month of the Coronavirus pandemic shutdown here in California, many things have entered my mind. Our once normal lives seemed to disappear overnight. One day, it was business as usual. The next, we were under an economic and public health quarantine. The walls that bound the structure and sense of community […]

View More

News
Liberty And Justice For All

Leadership cuts both ways. When you are given authority, people tend to follow your lead. If that leadership is upright, a society can be led to prosperity. If that leadership is evil, a society can be led into catastrophe, as was the case in Nazi Germany. Leadership under Donald Trump is rife with language, symbols […]

View More

Thoughts
This Will Never Just Go Away

As published in Pasadena Now: https://www.pasadenanow.com/main/guest-opinion-scott-mayo-this-will-never-just-go-away/ For the last, few days I have tried, as best I can, to reconcile the all too familiar mixture of sadness and outrage that I’m feeling at the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. This is not a rant against police as I have friends and family who are […]

View More

News
Thoughts And Music For These Strange Times

I went out to Tender Greens the other day to grab some take out and realized, when I walked in the door, that I hadn’t been there since all this Covid-19 madness. It was super strange to see nobody sitting there eating and congregating like I’m used to. As I drove home through the empty […]

View More

Thoughts
Kobe Thoughts

It’s taken me a while to process how I’ve been feeling since hearing the news about the death of Kobe & Gigi Bryant and the seven others this past Sunday. What was supposed to be a day to celebrate music and my son Michael’s gig later that night as part of the Grammy festivities, became […]

View More

Thoughts
2019 Year In Review

Well here we are at the end of 2019 and I can’t believe another year has passed so quickly. As I type it’s  December 27 and I, like so many others, am in disbelief at the amazing things this year has brought us. Loved ones were lost, new ones were born, much of the world […]

View More

News
Autumn 2019

As Summer falls away and  Autumn rolls upon us, we say goodbye to the long, warm summer days and nights while preparing for the shorter days and colder months ahead. I’m, however, getting prepared to hit the road with meastro Sergio Mendes and my brothers & sisters of Brazil2019 in October and November. We have […]

View More

Music
In studio moments

I’ve been having a great time in the studio lately from practicing Piccolo for a show I had with the amazing Brazilian artist, Arthur Verocai at the Lodge Room in Los Angeles, continuing to get closer to the finish line on my upcoming project, “Meu Brasil”, getting started on the production for vocalist Victor Fields‘ […]

View More

News
21st Century Musicians

I recently was asked what it takes to be a 21st Century musician and it got me thinking. To me, what it takes to be a 21st Century musician is the about the challenge of balancing the unending need to be commercially multi-faceted while maintaining the specialization of and focus on the things to which […]

View More

Music
Europe 2019

Excited to head to Europe for a few weeks with Sergio Mendes and the gang! We have a whole series of shows and I expect to have a good and safe time while we’re there. It’s been a few years since we’ve spent an extended time in Europe, so we’re all really looking forward to […]

View More

Music
Spring 2019

Whoa! How is Spring here so soon? This Winter, Southern California experienced almost historic amounts of rain. The East had and continues to have super cold storms and both coasts had weather issues called things I’ve never heard of! In the midst of all that, I was still working towards the completion of my upcoming album, […]

View More

Thoughts
Remembering James Ingram

I am among the huge list of artists that had the blessing of being in the presence of and touched by the beautiful spirit of James Ingram. I worked with him both in the studio and in concert. To hear that voice from all those hit records singing in the studio or in a rehearsal […]

View More

Thoughts
2019 is here!

As I write, we’re already 9 days into the new year and I still can’t believe that 2018 is over. For some of us, it was a year that opened the door to new relationships and for others, it was a year where we had to say goodbye to those we loved. Either way, what […]

View More

Music
A Legendary Christmas

So we just found out that the #1 Christmas album in the country is John Legend’s new “A Legendary Christmas” and we couldn’t be happier about it! I’m excited to have been a part of the talented horn section on John’s first Christmas album and even had the opportunity to write the horn arrangement on […]

View More

Music
Paul McCartney “Egypt Station”

Since the release of the new Paul McCartney album “Egypt Station” is out, we can FINALLY talk about it. I’m still overjoyed to be part of the choir of singers featured on this project. It’s one thing to be in a group of beautiful voices, another thing to know you’re singing on a cool artist’s […]

View More

News
Aretha Franklin thoughts…

After hearing the news of Aretha Franklin’s passing this morning, I was holding back tears from the sadness of her loss. You see, unlike many of my friends and associates, I didn’t know her. I never had the chance to meet her, play with her, record for her or even see her live. I lived […]

View More

Brazil
Getting closer…

Super excited as I’ve been working away at the new project “Meu Brasil” and each day brings a new adventure but I’m beginning to see the finish line. The great Sergio Mendes keeps telling me to take my time and that’s exactly what I’m doing. Currently, I’m in the studio everyday finalizing some vocals, cleaning […]

View More

Brazil
“Meu Brasil” Update

I can’t believe it’s already June 2018! Time really does fly when you’re having fun. I’ve been hard at work writing and arranging for maestro Sergio Mendes on his new project and on my upcoming and first Brazilian album, Meu Brasil which translates to My Brazil. I’m at the halfway point and am in the […]

View More

Music
Real Horns For You?

If you’ve been looking to add the sound of real horns on your new project, let me help you out. I’d love to create a tailor-made horn arrangement for your new project performed by some of the top horn players in the Los Angeles recording session scene. Professionally recorded in my studio, Pipewind Sound, I […]

View More

Blues In The Night – Los Angeles

Hey LA, come join me as I play in the on-stage band for the Tony and Olivier-Nominated musical about the universal language of the blues. Conceived by Sheldon Epps and directed by Wren Brown, the interweaving stories are defined through songs that cover the range of this American art form, from Bessie Smith to Duke […]

View More

Blues In The Night – Los Angeles

Hey LA, come join me as I play in the on-stage band for the Tony and Olivier-Nominated musical about the universal language of the blues. Conceived by Sheldon Epps and directed by Wren Brown, the interweaving stories are defined through songs that cover the range of this American art form, from Bessie Smith to Duke […]

View More

Blues In The Night – Los Angeles

Hey LA, come join me as I play in the on-stage band for the Tony and Olivier-Nominated musical about the universal language of the blues. Conceived by Sheldon Epps and directed by Wren Brown, the interweaving stories are defined through songs that cover the range of this American art form, from Bessie Smith to Duke […]

View More

Blues In The Night – Los Angeles

Hey LA, come join me as I play in the on-stage band for the Tony and Olivier-Nominated musical about the universal language of the blues. Conceived by Sheldon Epps and directed by Wren Brown, the interweaving stories are defined through songs that cover the range of this American art form, from Bessie Smith to Duke […]

View More