My musical background began with the clarinet at age 10 and I moved on to trumpet and eventually the alto saxophone by age 15. The alto became my primary instrument, but I also play tenor, soprano, and occasionally baritone saxophones. I also sing, play a MIDI wind controller, a little keys, and a little guitar & bass. On the alto saxophone, my biggest early influence was David Sanborn, but I also love the styles of many other players…Cannonball Adderley, Michael Brecker, Paul Desmond, Eric Dolphy, Phil Dwyer, Campbell Ryga, to name but a few.
I got involved in analog audio and video hardware in the ’80s and kept on learning all that I could about it (plus I worked in the audio/video business for years). I started gigging in the late ’80s, started tracking and mixing projects in the early ’90s and since then have become pretty handy with Cubase as well as a wide variety of plugins, VST instruments, and hardware.
Gig-wise, I’ve played many of the local (Vancouver Island) venues & festivals at some point, with some band or another. A few highlights include the Victoria International JazzFest (with Soul Station), Blues Bash (with Soul Station, Soul Shakers, and Groove Kitchen), the Oak Bay Tea Party (again with Soul Station, Soul Shakers, and Groove Kitchen), and opening for a variety of established artists such as Eric Burdon & The Animals.
I’m currently taking a hiatus from gigging to focus on the build of my new home studio (summer 2018) and to produce some long-delayed original material.
UPDATE: Currently hard at work on finishing my debut album, which I hope to release in 2020! Stay tuned!
Some Past Projects
2012-2014: Groove Kitchen (saxophones, vocals)
2011: Collaboration on Moths Mix with Sect.23
2003-2005: Soul Station (alto saxophone, vocals)
2004: Allison Crowe (production & engineering assistance on her debut solo album, “Secrets”)
2004: “Nanaimo – The Harbour City In Pictures” (music producer/arranger/engineer, alto saxophone)
2004: One2Many (alto saxophone)
1995: Leo Dann Band (alto saxophone)
1994-2009: Ronald Anthony & Friends (alto & soprano saxophone & MIDI wind controller on various releases)
1994: Just Jake (lead vocals, alto saxophone, keyboards)
1991-1994: Threshold (vocals, alto & tenor saxophone, keyboards)
1991-1994: Red Zone/The Deep (co-writer/producer/arranger/engineer, alto saxophone, vocals)