a drummer Skip has performed on stages and in studios throughout the
world. Equally at home in a small jazz club as on the huge stage of
a major festival, Skip brings his distinct creative abilities to every
musical situation he participates in.
and performing with international artists or sitting in at a jam session
in a venue far removed from the limelight, his passion for music and
the drums, and his respect for his musical colleagues always shows through.
is largeley focused on the constant communication and interplay between
the musicians. In it's essence it is a collective, but mostly unspoken
agreement between the players to strive for a unified musical statement.
Skip's musical approach epitomizes this essential paradigm
To present a convincing dialogue and
performance to an audience requires not only a technical command of
one's instrument, but a keen musical instinct and selfless empathy between
the players. Skip's thirty years of musical experience has allowed him
to master these skills, but he continues to approach each musical situation
with the excitement of his first.
playing blurs the lines of the restricting roles that drummers are
often forced into. These roles place
the drummer either into the background as a mere functional accompanist,
or "timekeeper" for the ensemble, or throws the drummer into
a spotlight with the call of "drum solo." Skip's musical
sensitivity and commitment to interactivity brings these two often
together for an always refreshing performance.