Alto, tenor and baritone saxophones, Bb clarinet

Private saxophone and clarinet teacher since 2010.

Composition, songwriting, music transcription


Stanford University, A.B., Political Science, 1989

Redlands High School, Redlands, CA, 1985


Richard Joiner (clarinet), Denver, CO

Art Bouton (saxophone), Redlands, CA

Hal Stein (saxophone), Stanford, CA

  • I am a saxophonist, clarinetist, composer, songwriter and woodwind teacher based in Oakland, CA.  I spent my formative years in Denver, CO, where I first immersed myself in jazz through listening to three albums my father acquired in college: The Benny Goodman 1938 Carnegie Hall Concert, Ellington at Newport, and Masterpieces by Ellington. I started playing clarinet at age 9, alto sax at 13, and tenor sax at 14. I have performed professionally since 1992 in the San Francisco Bay Area. In addition to my own groups, the Tom Griesser 3 and B3B4 (a quartet with a Hammond B3 organist), I frequently perform with the Marcus Shelby Orchestra, the Cottontails and Brass Monkey Brass Band.