2014 Music Placements

While I didn’t get a song in a feature film This Year, it’s awesome to see your music pop up in different shows and being used in different ways.


-A Hip Hop cue in ‘White Collar Brawlers’, on the Esquire Network.

-A tension piece in an episode of ‘NOVA’ on PBS. Exciting for me because, NOVA is a rad show.

-A jazz piano piece in an episode of a show called ‘Chaos’ on CBS that was cancelled after 3 seconds.

-A piece on ‘Welcome To Myrtle Manor’ on TLC. I don’t know what piece it was to be honest.

-Tons of hip hop in ‘Rob Dyrdek’s Fantasy Factory Season 6’ earlier in 2014. Hopefully more of that happening next year.

This is a significant increase from the year before, and with more work and hustling, 2015 should be even more huge. Here’s to finishing out the year strong with lots of production.

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Placements 2


Quotes from Yesterday’s Lesson With a 10 Year Old

Two nuggets of wisdom from my lesson yesterday with one of my favorite students, a 10 year old girl.

Me: “What time signature is this”
Her: “What do you mean what time signature is this”
Me: “WHAT DO YOU MEAN what do you mean what time signature is this”

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Me: “use the mentronome”
Her: “I hate the metronome I feel like it sits there judging me”
Me: “Yes but it is an impartial judge”


Richard Tee / Steve Gadd Style Cover Of ‘Take Me Out To The Ballgame’

Richard Tee is one of my biggest influences on piano. His time was always perfect and his ideas really bluesy and huge.

This video is a dedication to him. ‘Take Me Out To The Ballgame’ done the way he might have approached it, with lots of gospel ideas and grooves, along with his signature chordal sound. I made it into a duet with my friend Paul Van De Riet on drums. Tee always loved recording with Steve Gadd and this is in that style. Check it!


Replacing the Handle on an SKB Rotomolded Case

I just had to replace the 2 handles on my SKB Rotomolded case. I’ve had it for 7 years and done literally at least 1,000 gigs with it. These cases have a lifetime warranty and when you get in touch with SKB they’ll send you replacement handles and screws for free.

The hardest part about replacing these handles is drilling out the rivets and removing the old hardware. Here are my guidelines for removing the old hardware.

1) Use a CORDED drill (not a battery powered drill) to drill out the rivets. In my experience, a battery powered drill doesn’t have the power needed for this.

2) Drill the rivets from the outside in, not from the inside of the case out. <<-- this was the key for me. Before I had been trying to drill from the inside out and broke a drill bit. 3) What will eventually happen is the rivet basically spins and wears/melts through the plastic of the case. Despite the larger hole this leaves, the replacement screws and washers are big enough to catch and hold for a solid mounting. This may not be the way SKB recommends doing it, but it's the method that worked for me after trying several other tedious dead end approaches. Old Handle 1

Old Handle Parts

Drilled Hole 1

Old Handle Parts 2

New Handle 1


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