A brilliant, classically trained pianist and composer, is one of the greatest living exponents of jazz. He performs professionally -- as a solo pianist and in ensemble formations from duo to orchestra -- in a variety of venues, from jazz club to concert hall, often utilizing electronic sounds and African finger piano. He has an impressive list of recordings as both a composer and pianist, performing with such artists as Sonny Rollins, Clifford Jordan, Oliver Nelson, Donald Byrd, Roy Haynes, Richard Davis, Art Pepper, Jimmy Heath and many more. His formal training in music is extensive: a Bachelor's degree in music from Oberlin and a Master of Music from University of Michigan. He's also studied at the Mozarteum Akademie in Salzburgand has done graduate work at Wichita State and University of Southern California.