I'm a teacher by profession, a writer by habit, and a musician by nature.
Native New Yorker, early success as an athlete: Three sport All-State in HS, two sport All-America (football, powerlifting) at Lafayette College in Pa. I took up journalism immediately after college, working for the Riverdale Press, Gannett Newspapers, the Greensboro News and Record and the St. Petersburg Times (six years, including two as music critic). Started freelance music writing while working for the Florida Times-Union in 1996, eventually working for Vibe, Spin, JazzTimes, Jazziz, Guitar Player, The Village Voice and others, becoming one of the most widely published music critic/writers in the country. Also contributed to three books: "The Vibe History of Hip-Hop" "Classic Material" and "Everything but the Burden". Awarded a nine-month Arts Writing fellowship at Columbia Univerisity in 1999. Returning to Fla, I resumed a lifelong passion for playing music, eventually leading a band, 'Jes' Grew" at the