Author of "Vals" and "Be Bop Blues," included in the Superior Music Conservatories repertoire
Three compositions (Quick and Running, Autumn, and Tiempos Felices) included in Gary Burton, Pat Metheny, Mitchel Forman, Will Lee, and Peter Eskine’s album Reunion, which reached the top of the U.S. Billboard charts
Performances with Herbie Hancock, the Yellowjackets, Tete Montoliú, the New York Voices, the Eric Marienthal Band, the Michel Camilo Trio, Gary Burton, Antonio Sánchez, Scott Colley, and Julian Lage
"I'm not the world's most methodical teacher. But I think I make very strong demands on people who study with me. For instance, having people play ideas in all 12 keys. And I expect my students to learn by listening and not just reading. I think it's important for students to have a mental map of music in their mind."
"When I teach, I talk a lot about values. For example, you can learn the meaning of democracy by understanding the individual parts of a groove. When the guitar part goes che-ka, che-ka, and the bass player goes tun, tun, tun-tun, I say, 'See? When that tun-tun meets the che-ka, che-ka and someone else's chiki-chiki, that's called community. Community values can only be expressed when we listen to each other. With technology, it's amazing that you can experience music by yourself, but there's a certain isolation within that experience that challenges the idea of community."
"What makes our faculty distinctive is that they're all professionals—they're all doing what they teach. I think it's rare that you find someone who doesn't have a CD. We make sure that we have role models for different students, different styles. For example, if you look at the Woodwind Department, we have oboe teachers; we have a classical flute teacher as well as a jazz flute teacher. In the Guitar Department, we have rockers as well as jazzers. I think that students who come to Berklee and have a certain style they want to study can usually find a teacher who can help them with that style, who's actually an expert."