"Dude! Delighted to run into youse-all here on this site. I'm hoping that all is well, and that the music is a-boundin'. Drop a line and let me know wassup. Working alot over here, and mighty grateful for it too. Just started a new…"
JJ first picked up the sticks at the age of 10, and never looked back. Practicing every day and playing in every band he could find eventually led to the University of Southern Maine, where JJ studied jazz with Les Harris Jr. After a few semesters, the live music scene in Portland, Maine became his new school. JJ started playing professionally, and growing into his new role as a gigging musician. It was not long before blues, R&B and funk bands would come calling, including The 3-D Horns, Nick Curran, Jason Ricci, Petting Zoo, and Chronic Funk to name a few.
In the mid 90's JJ hit the road for Los Angeles to play with funk/rock artist Wenty Morris and Brindle Creme. This lead to a string of opportunities to play and to learn about the music industry. Recording in studios, appearing on television shows, and touring the U.S. and Europe provided opportunities to work with some of music's most respected performers. JJ had the pleasure of performing with blues legend Taj Mahal, and funk/acid jazz greats The Brand New Heavies, while rubbing elbows with some of drumming's most influential messengers, such as Peter Erskine, and Vinnie Colaiuta.
Once again returning to the NH Seacoast area, JJ joined Lolita's Bliss, while also appearing with local groups such as The Todd Royce Band and The Radio Junkies. JJ maintained a busy schedule until he packed up and moved south to Music City, USA. Now residing in Nashville, JJ has studied with Chester Thompson (of Weather Report, Genesis, Phil Collins fame) and is juggling a busy schedule running Street Theatre Company with his wife Cathy, teaching lessons, and has performed with various artists including James Brown sax man Waldo Weathers, swing groups like Stardust and Music City Swing, and many more.
Dude! Delighted to run into youse-all here on this site. I'm hoping that all is well, and that the music is a-boundin'. Drop a line and let me know wassup. Working alot over here, and mighty grateful for it too. Just started a new performing/recording project with Shaun Murphy of Little Feat, Clapton, Segar etc. and it's funky, bluesy and fun. I see you're working with Waldo, yay! Tell him I, or the keyboard player from the Great White Silent Wedding, said oh no the cops are comin'. Stay cool...