Hey Everybody! Thanks for checking in!
Thanks so much for visiting the site. I appreciate you all for keeping tabs on me, listening to my music, coming to my shows and playing my songs.
My Dad passed away in December. I posted a tribute on my Facebook page if you want to check it out. He was a pretty amazing dude if I say so myself. We will be doing a Celebration of Life Concert in Cocoa Beach, FL on March 28, 2020.
I had the pleasure of recording the music of Diana Herold in New York recently. She is a criminally underknown vibraphonist and composer. I was really touched that I was asked, especially since I have heard that a couple of guitarists live in New York, some of which can read music, too :)
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. The secoond one is coming up in March, 2020. As I write this, there is one full participant spot left, and three auditor slots. Please share the link with anyone you think that might be interested.
I am extremely thrilled to be producing the next Extended Trio CD in April. These cats are at the pinnacle of the New Orleans creative music scene, and they are all monsters individually. They are totally on the verge of breaking out nationally and internationally and I am excited to help them present their artistry in the best possible way.
My artist retreat in Portugal was a great success last summer. It added a bunch of new tunes to my book and I have been gigging some of them, and thinking about a recording project for them. Cindy is writing some words for a couple of them that will appear on our big band record that we are doing in 2021. Artist Retreat Portugal #2 is coming in May and June.
Two cool news items: I have been promoted to be a Full Professor at UNO. Truly a rare honor, and something I certainly never imagined would be in the cards for me. Mostly it just makes me feel more responsible to do great things for my students, the art and my adopted city. I am also now a Certified Avid Pro Tools instructor which frankly was about four times more difficult than I ever imagined it would be - Avid does not mess around with this stuff, that is for sure :)
We’re still making headway on the third Organic Trio CD. The biggest hangup is the have more good material than we need, so once we slim down the herd (always hard to do) we will start getting it mixed. The disc should be released for the Fall Europe tour.
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!
- May 2020 - Artist residency II: Portugal
- Late June UUGA Convention Providence, RI
- July/August 2020 - with Cindy Scott in the Midwest.
- Late September/early October with the Organic Trio in Louisiana.
- Late October with Cindy Scott in Europe.
- July 2021 with Cindy Scott on the West Coast and British Columbia.
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.