I perform with a number of bands regularly in and around Portland, in formal and improvised arrangements. Listed here are the groups to which I dedicate the most time.
Just Pretend is a a trio featuring Emily Warden on alto saxophone, keys, and lead vocals; Kyle Merrifield on tenor saxophone and bass guitar, and myself on drum kit and percussion.
The music is jazz-inflected and groove-oriented, and relies on looping as Emily and Kyle both double (or triple) on instruments.
Emily composes the bulk of the music, with input from Kyle and myself, and in addition to a few covers.
This group plays traditional compositions with origins in West Africa, and original compositions nodding toward Afro-Latin, Afro-Brazilian, and American Jazz origins.
The band consists of Will Dudley on kora and ngoni, Ben Finley on acoustic and electric guitar, and myself on percussion.