The News

January 2022

Hello Dear Friends!

Thanks so much for checking in. I hope you are finding the things that soothe you and amuse you, that inspire you and you can aspire to amidst all of the weirdness.

Some gigs are coming back. Just played a really touching gig at the 55 Bar in New York with vocalist extraordinaire Amy Cervini, guitar God Jesse Lewis and Matt Aronoff making it all groove from the bass. I am playing at Snug Harbor this month with Cindy Scott and a hotshot band. Cindy and I are working on some tour dates in Europe in March and April, and the Organic Trio will be doing a CD release tour in Europe in November. I also have a kind of random Europe tour in July and August, so if you happen to be looking for a guitar player for some dates over there, reach out, as you can have me without the plane ticket.

I have been involved with a bunch of recording projects in a variety of capacities. I just wrapped up one at the Power Station in New York City with composer/arranger/mallet player Diana Herold. Her writing is very intense and dense, and incredibly challenging to play. The other folks in the nonet were A-team sightreading monsters, doublers and great soloists. It was quite the session.

Extended’s next record that I produced is finished and will be released in the Spring. This is going to be the best sounding modern jazz piano trio record ever released in New Orleans in my humble opinion (although I might have to dig out my Mickael Pellera CD’s to make sure that is true). These cats really took the time to dig deep into their tunes, record them with fantastic detail and color, and follow through with excellent mixing and mastering. I am truly excited for the WORLD to hear it.

I have been working with Byron Asher on his next Skrontch Music recording, which we will be tracking at the end of January. This has been a really cool project to be involved with. Byron is such a deep thinker and musician, and his clarity of vision brings a lot of power to his music. He also has assembled an stellar cast of musically diverse personalities and found a way for them to intersect meaningfully. The music exists at the the crossroads of traditional jazz and free jazz, with an electronic element, also. Very intriguing - I am looking forward to hearing it when it is all finished.

I am very thrilled to be playing on Jason Mingledorff’s solo debut, which we will be tracking soon. I feel really comfortable on his music, and am thankful that he asked me to be part of the band.

Brad Walker + Extended have asked me to mix their “Live from Esplanade Studio” disc. I had worked on the audio for the movie they made, and also was involved as a producer on the session. These cats are so good, it is almost inconceivable. The vast majority of the stuff on the record is first takes/no fixes. The ability these guys have to emote at the level that they do, and also never mess up, is pure magic, and something truly profound to witness.

In October I helped Ed Petersen with his new big band prohect with a stellar ensemble of mainly NOJO alums and his magnificient arrangements. Mostly my main job was to press the big button on the console at Explanade Studio after every takeand say “That was incredible!” Since the beginning of the year, I’ve been working with Ed on the mixes, and it is really starting to come together nicely. I am really looking forward to hearing that one when it’s finished.

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

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.

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