The News

August 2023

Hello Dear Friends!

Thanks so much for checking in.

There’s been a lot of great studio moments in my life this past year. Byron Asher’s Skrontch Music 2 project that I am the producer on is getting close to dropping on vinyl and digits. It is an epic project with an 11 piece band, lots of composing and improvising and live electronic manipulations. Another project I produced, Matt Booth’s first solo release is also about to be out. We recorded it earlier this year at Dockside Studio with a fantastic band. Along with the playing, the sounds on this record are incredible.

Other projects in the works are a stunning live solo piano recording by Oscra Rossignoli that I tracked at the UNO Performing Arts Center Recital Hall, a duo record that I am producing and tracking for Anna Quinn and Ed Barrett and the third Organic Trio CD. In October I will be playing on a session that is being produced by Jon Cowerd for Jesse Palter. Joining us will be Roland Guerin and Herlin Riley.

I’ve also had the pleasure to consult on a number of other wonderful recording projects. What I can say is that as discombobulated as the industry is at the moment, there certainly is no shortage of great sounding and artisically compelling projects in the works.

I am really looking forward to hitting Europe in December for a run of dates with the Organic Trio. It has seriously been too long since we have played together. Joining us for one magical date will be the incredible musician & composer Tamara Lukasheva. Watch the calendar for details. Right on the heals of that trip, I will be heading to Spain for dates with Cindy Scott.

I have been appointed as the Coca-Cola Endowed Chair in Jazz Studies at the University of New Orleans. It is a nice title for sure, but it comes with a ton of responsibility, both spirtually and administratively. As I studied personally with Ellis Marsalis, the person that got the whole thing off the ground in the first place, and worked closely with Harold Battiste, the man I would call the soul of the endeavor, I feel truly compelled and personally invested in setting the program on a good course for the next 30 years. There is a lot of work to do for sure, but we are all feeling a great hope about what we can accomplish.

So - that is my report! I am wishing for you all the best that I can.

– B

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ps: I started an email list thing a while ago, the big plan being to send out my news and my gig list about once a month. So far I’ve sent out exactly one mailing! I swear I will get it together eventually. So, if you want to take the chance that one day you might get something, click these words. If, at some point, you become terminally swamped by electronic correspondences (which at the rate I’m going could never happen!), you can un-sign up too, the convenient and automatic disconnect link comes with every email! Also, you have the option of letting me know where you are, so I won’t bother you with gig notices for stuff nowhere near you.

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