Honors/Awards
& Positions Held

  • "Jazz Educator of the Year" (Los Angeles Jazz Society, 1994)
  • "An American National Treasure" (Los Angeles City Council)
  • Past-President of the International Association for Jazz Education (IAJE)
  • Served on the Board of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS)
  • Inducted into the California Alliance for Jazz Hall of Fame
  • Appointed to the Advisory Board of the Entertainment Management Degree Program at the University of Central Florida (2015––)

“If a composer could say what he had to say in words he would not bother trying to say it in music.”