I’ve recently worked out a few thoughts regarding my views as a vibraphonist. The vibraphone can play several roles in a jazz ensemble. Listed below are several of my favorite books about jazz music and the vibraphone. Please have a look and enjoy.

The single biggest online community of vibraphonists can be found at www.vibesworkshop.com. It is a great resource for lessons, exercises, and some of the best videos and audio. It’s is to become a member and for a few bucks a month you can become a subscriber which unlocks a buffet of vibraphone knowledge that you could chew on for centuries. 

Jazz Resources 

Berliner, Paul F. 1994. Thinking In Jazz: The Infinite Art of Improvisation. Chicago and London: The University of Chicago Press. 

Coker, Jerry. 1990. How To Practice Jazz. New Albany, Indiana: Jamey Aebersold Jazz, Inc.

Coker, Jerry. 1964. Improvising Jazz. New York: Simon & Schuster, Inc. 

Coker, Jerry, Casale Jimmy, Campbell, Gary, Greene, Jerry.  Patterns For Jazz. Miami, Florida: Studio PR. 

Haerle, Dan. 1975. Scales For Jazz Improvisation. Hialeah, Florida: Studio 224. 

Progis, Jim. 1982. Jazz Chord Voicings for Right Hand. Danvers, Massachuttes: Shattinger International Music Corp. 

Weiskopf, Walt. 1995. Intervallic Improvisation The Modern Sound: A Step Beyond Linear Improvisation. New Albany, Indiana: Jamey Aebersold Jazz, Inc. 

Resources for Jazz Vibraphone 

Burton, Gary. 1995. Introduction to Jazz Vibes. Glenview, Illinois: Creative Music. 

Burton, Gary. 1995. Four Mallet Studies. Glenview, Illinois: Creative Music. 

Davis, Thomas L. 1999.Voicing and Comping for Jazz Vibraphone: Four Mallet Studies for the Modern Vibist. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Hal Leonard Corporation.

Metzger, Jon. 1996. The Art and Language of Jazz Vibes. McLean, Virginia: EPM Publications, Inc.

Sisto, Dick. 2005. The Jazz Vibraphone Book Etudes in the Style of the Masters. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Hal Leonard Corporation. 


Updates for December!!!!

December 4, 2013


I am excited to be a part of several interesting projects during the month of December. I’m also excited to get a chance to travel to visit family for Christmas. Keep the following dates in mind if you are interested in getting out and seeing what a collaborative musicians does. Often during my school years people asked what I expected to do with a degree in music. Well here’s how December is going down:

December 6-7th at 8pm and December 8th at 2pm & 8pm – Ascension 2013 // Contemporary Music + Dance at SFU Woodward’s 

December 9th at 8pm – Tubes and Grooves at the Kino

December 11th at 8pm – Anita Eccelston’s Like Smoke at the Kozmik Zoo

December 13th Doors at 7:30 Show at 8pm – An Evening of Spoken Word, Cello, and Percussion at Our Town Cafe

December 14th between 8-ish?? – The Sidewalk Cellist and Plastic Acid at Falconetti’s Eastside Grill

December 15th Doors at 7:30 – The Sidewalk Cellist and Friends at The Backstage Lounge

There are also a couple of top secret projects that are in the planning and composition stages. Stay tuned!! I hope to see some of you soon! 

The Georgia Straight has a cool write up about Chamber-Con a co-presentation by Vancouver New Music and Redshift Music Society. For the detail click the link:




July 16, 2012

I am really excited about next week! I’ve been invited to teach percussion at the West Coast Amateur Musicians Society’s annual summer camp. Check out the link: www.wcams.com

I look forward to meeting new friends and making great music!