- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
Minimum charge is one hour $100 per hour. $25 per hoir of travel in excess of 2 hours round trip from East Orange, NJ. SET INFORMATION: When a job consists of one hour, performance will be one set of approximately 60 minutes. When a job consists of two hours or more, each hour will consist of 50 to 55 minutes of music performance with a 10 to 15 minute break. Recorded music is played during breaks. Performance location should be available for my arrival and setup at least one hour before I am to begin performing. If needed emcee services will be included at no extra charge. However, time spent as emcee will shorten music performance time. Yes, I do occasionally make exceptions to any of the above when circumstances dictate. My aim is to alleviate not aggravate the pressure of planning and carrying out a successful event. I become your team member for the event and will do what I can to make sure things go smoothly.
- What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Although there are usually time and accessibility constraints, I try to learn as much as I can about new customers through Q&A, their website and any other information they provide me. I seek to develop a playlist that matches their event.
- What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I hold a B.A. in music, with a focus on theory and analysis from Rutgers University Newark Campus. I have composed many unpublished works, some of which have been registered with the U.S. Library of Congress Copyright Office. I learned to play congas from my Dad before I learned to spell my name. I began playing sax in 1974, in the eighth grade. I attended Newark Community Center of the Arts on scholarship for six years, where I learned from professional recording artists and jazz pioneers Jesse Morrison, Jesse Anderson, and Duke Anderson. I also performed with and studied under Louines Louines African Dance Ensemble. I am a self-taught bass player. For many years, I did not think I had anything marketable although I always worked to perfect my technique, style and tonal quality. It is only since I returned to school in 2009 (at age 48) to complete the B.A. in music that I learned I have something worth sharing.