I've been interested in music throughout the years–focusing on the saxophone and learning various secondary instruments including piano, guitar, flute and clarinet.

 

I am currently playing in small jazz groups in Chicago as well as regularly playing as a member of Gramps the Vamp: a 7-piece funk/afrobeat inspired group, playing Chicago venues such as The Metro, Lincoln Hall, City Winery, Double Door, Subterranean, Goose Island, as well as for multiple private events.

 

I grew up in Southlake, TX where I played first tenor in the Jazz Band at Carroll High School, led by David Lown. In 2010, I competed with the band in the Essentially Ellington Competition in New York City-- a national competition created by Wynton Marsalis and the JALC Orchestra. Carroll High School was one of 16 finalists nation wide. I also studied privately under the direction of Gio Washington-Wright and Mark Dooly.

 

I majored in undergraduate Jazz Studies at Loyola University Chicago from 2010 to 2014 where I studied under the private direction of Scott Burns on saxophone and Anthony Molinaro on piano. I furthered my jazz studies by taking classes with other faculty including Matt Ulery and Victor Garcia. At Loyola, I was first tenor chair in the Loyola Jazz Ensemble all four years and played in small jazz chamber groups for 6 semesters. 

 

Along with musical performance, I mixed DJ live sets for FM Expressive on 88.7 WLUW FM for four years as well as various underground shows. I am currently composing jazz and piano music for groups and films.

 

For more information on pricing and collaboration please contact Justin Howe.

Loyola Senior Recital

Gramps The Vamp

Chicago Reader 'Best New Band' 2013

Live Mixes