The Theo Wanne Mantra mouthpiece has opened up a huge door in my playing! My tone in the altissimo register and overall agility on my horn has been night and day since I started using Theo Wanne. ! I can honestly say, Theo Wanne produces the best Jazz mouthpieces that I've ever played on!
"Having two uncles that played Bass and Trombone in the city of Detroit inspired me to take
my Sax serious at the age of 15. I began to study classic Jazz and learning from the greats such as, Bird,
Coltrane, Dexter Gordon and Sonny Rollins. However, when my Father gave me a Kirk Whalum cd in the
10th grade, I realized I wanted to be good at Jazz and play with soul and emotion also. So, Kirk Whalum
inspired me a great to become a serious Jazz musician."
Why did you choose to become a musician?
I chose to become a musician, because I love the feeling of affecting people in a positive way while playing. I also love the feeling of writing a song straight from the heart, and see people receive it.
What is your experience when you feel connected into the music?
My experience when I'm connected to my music is an out of body experience The zone I reach is, spiritual, euphoric, and intense.
What is your experience of when you don't feel connected to your music?
When I'm not connected to my music or whatever I'm playing, the experience I get is mundane. Although, whatever I'm attempting to play, I want to play it well. However if there's no connection, I'm just going through the motions, which is never good.
Where does your inspiration comes from? What does it feel like?
My inspiration comes from my parents, two sisters, wife and my daughter. My family has always supported my music career through thick and thin. It's easy to jump off the train when things look slow, but my family has encouraged me the whole way! It feels amazing to know I have the support from the people who mean the most to me.
What is your experience while improvising? Does it relate to any spirituality you may practice in your life?
My experience while improvising is completely thoughtless. I've always stuck with the saying, "learn the fundamentals, then throw them out of the window while soloing and just play". I feel, when you lose yourself in the music and allow it to become a spiritual experience, you play your best!
Do you have any fun stories of inspirational moments to share?
" In 2013, I took a chance at performing in the "Rising Star Competition" at the Warren Hill Sax Summit.
Although, the main goal was to go learn more and network with industry musicians, I felt playing in the
competition could get me more exposure. It turned out I was most inspired with my music in the second
round of the competition. I performed Warren Hill's song entitled, "Our First Dance" and while playing I got
chills and it seemed like an out of body experience. I was told by many, that I inspired and connected with
them while playing. I myself, was also inspired and further realized this is what I want to do professionally for
the rest of my life."