Hey Everybody! Thanks for checking in!
Hope you all are looking forward to a great 2019.
Mine has started off with a bang. Cindy Scott and I hosted the first annual Mining for Magic - New Orleans at the Louisiana Jazz Museum at the US Mint. It was a 6 day long affair where we worked up-close-and-personal with 10 fabulous singers, helping them dig deep into their hearts and share the most that they could with their audiences. What a beautiful gift - I really loved all of the participants, and the diversity of what they brought was beautiful and inspiring. Big thanks to our main helpers Karla Mundy, Anna Quinn and Jenna McSwain; our special guests Cyrille Aimee, Charmaine Neville and Don Vappie; our spectacular house bandmembers Jenna, Jasen Weaver and Doug Garrison, and all the folks at the Jazz Musuem, especially Danny Kadar, Greg Lambousy and Caitlin Sheehan.
I immediately moved from that into 2 super-cool gigs with Oakland jazz-stars Laurie Antonioli and Matt Clark. We had killing concerts at UL Lafayette and at Snug Harbor in New Orleans. The music and arrangements were fresh, and bassist Amina Scott and drummer Brad Webb both killed it.
My semester at UNO also started pretty much in the middle of all of this! I have a busy one coming up - I took on an extra class, Advanced Post-Production Techniques, just because I think it needs to be taught, have a couple of extra private students and some cool independent studies I am overseeing. My combo is going to be fantastic - they will be the core of the UNO All-Stars appearing at Jazz Fest this year. The Sandbar schedule is going to be packed with heavies, including Kurt Elling and Dr. Lonnie Smith.
Coming up in February I am doing 3 concerts in New Jersey with the wonderful singer, songwriter and guitarist Gina Roché. Gina has a luminous spirit and a lush voice. It is going to be a blast. Watch the gig page for details.
After that I have a tour in April in California with Cindy Scott that should be fantastic. We have a load of duo gigs, as well as some dual duo nights with Barwick & Siegfried.
Brad Walker, Joe Ashlar, Doug Belote and I have a new project that we are all really excited about and will be doing shows when the stars align and we are all off the road at the same time. It is kind of hilarious looking at the email exchanges to find dates that work, but the nice part is, when we do find one between the four of us, folks have been very accommodating about giving us a slot at their club.
We’ve been making great headway on the third Organic Trio CD. We hung in France and Luxembourg in December and picked takes and did some editing. We have more good material than we need, so once we slim down the herd (always hard to do) we will start getting it mixed. Although the disc will be down much sooner, it will probably be an early 2020 release as the label has to get us in their queue.
TOURS IN THE WORKS
If you happen to be near one of these trips and would like to hook up a show, please reach out and we can make it happen!
- February with Gina Roché in New Jersey.
- April with Cindy Scott in California. A lot of this is booked already, but there are a couple of dates available if you would like to hook something up.
- May - Artist residency: Mexico
- Mid-June UUGA Convention Spokane, WA
- Late June 2019 Cindy Scott in New York and Northeast.
- July/August - Composition residency
- September 2019 Evan Christopher in New York.
- October 5-20 2019 Cindy Scott in Germany, France, Belgium, Spain, Switzerland, England and/or other places where people love live mostly-original music.
There’s many best things about what I get to do. I feel very blessed most of the time (except when I’m being stupid!). Just getting to hear so many amazing musicians up close is a constant thrill. Seeing all of the new places I get to see, and finding out about new foods or ways of living is always exciting to me. And meeting so many really cool people is a huge gift.
Thanks to the people that keep me sounding good with their fine products: Mesa Boogie, D’Addario Strings, Bryan Galloup Guitars and Robert Keeley Effects.
That’s all for now. Hope I get to see many of you soon and get to make some music for you.
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.