Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano
variety of settings for over 15 years. He has toured throughout the US and Europe and
has worked on many recordings of a vast range of styles. He has also performed at
festivals such as South By Southwest (Austin, TX), Lollapalooza (Chicago, IL),
Primavera Club (Madrid, Spain), and London Calling (Amsterdam, Netherlands).
Brett grew up here in Richmond playing piano, drums, and guitar and forming rock
bands with his friends. After receiving a BA in Biology from the University of Virginia in
2009, Brett realized he had caught the music bug for good and began to perform and
teach guitar full-time in Charlottesville, VA. During this time he studied jazz and
performed regularly on guitar with trumpeter John D’earth, and he also started touring
and recording with many other jazz, rock, and folk bands. Brett then moved to New York
City where he received a Master’s in Jazz Performance from the Aaron Copland School
of Music at Queens College in 2015. While in New York he played in several jazz, R&B,
and fusion groups and also worked as an artist-educator and tour guide at the Louis
Armstrong House Museum. From there Brett spent time living in São Paolo, Brazil
where he studied Brazilian music such as choro, forró, samba, and bossa. These days
Brett can be found touring on bass with the rock band Gold Connections and on guitar
with the punk/free-jazz group CGI Jesus. He also performs with songwriter Juliana
Daugherty and fronts the indie-rock band Goodnight Daniel.
Brett has been teaching for over 10 years and seeks to inspire students to love music
and have fun while practicing.