web_DSC4254Solomon Family Solutions’ Co-Executive Director Yattie Westfield brings music to at risk youth and children that are unable to afford music lessons through his vision Project Chance.

“Yattie cut his teeth on Progressive/Jazz/Fusion rock music at an early age. Barely out of high school he landed the drummer spot for the band Kings of the Killerfish. KOKF was made up of University of Tennessee Music School Grads that loved to play complicated changes at tempos that mere mortals could hardly follow. But this was the 90’s and Phish, Aquarium Rescue Unit and countless other Jam Bands were the quintessential taste of the day. For over 10 years with KOKF, Yattie got the opportunity to tour, playing festivals and opening for acts such as 311, Widespead Panic, ARU, Snoop Dog, Charlie Daniels, The Jerry Garcia Band and many others.little rocker

Yattie’s songwriting career started with a Bang or maybe a Crash when Oteil Burbridge of ARU and The Allman Brothers band recorded one of his songs and used Yattie on drums for a Solo Record Produced by Johnny Sandlin (The Allman Brothers, Widespread Panic, ARU, The Outlaws, and Formerly of Capricorn Records.) Unfortunately, the album never was released but exposed Yattie to invaluable Studio Experience working with World Class Musicians, Engineers and Producers including “sitting in” with Derek Trucks.

Later Yattie would tour and share the stage with Reggae greats such as Cedric Myton and The Natti Love Joys and would play International Festivals such as The Dominican Jazz Festivals with jazz greats, Poncho Sanchez and Chu Chu Valdez.

drummer boyToday Yattie continues to write, record and teach at his “The Art of Noise Academy” which specializes in opportunities for children and adults to discover and hone their musical talents and learn from a working professional musician.

His endorsements include BKE The Beat Thang, Retronix and J. Blacklund Design Guitars.” (Reverbnation, 2015).

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