I don't golf or ski, typical activities for Wall Street bankers wanting to entertain clients. But I discovered several people in the industry who share my passion for composing, producing, and playing music. So I worked with these like-minded folks to gather and allocate resources to musicians who were creating culturally significant art. In May 2014, I produced Arturo O'Farrill's "The Offense of the Drum," which won the Grammy for Best Latin Jazz Album.
In December 2014, Arturo and I brought 58 people to Cuba (many of them Wall Street types) to make "Cuba: The Conversation Continues," which won the Grammy for Best Instrumental Composition.
This year, I'm releasing five albums including Ted Nash's "Presidential Suite," in which he turned 8 political speeches like JFK's inaugural address into big band jazz compositions.
Producing music is fun, but I find composing even more rewarding. Recently, I wrote a big band jazz chart inspired by the Passover Seder ceremony; it's no magnum opus but it enabled me to learn about another culture's traditions.