Hey Everybody! Thanks for checking in!
BIG NEWS (JAN 2016)!
Hello my friends. 2016 has already started off with a bang. I am getting to do so much cool stuff, I don’t even know where to begin!
So far, in the first few weeks of the new year I have had the chance to do a series of shows with the amazing clarinetist Evan Christopher at Jazz at Lincoln Center and at the Winter Jazz Fest in New York. It was really a blast; the shows were well received and the book we’re performing is wonderfully eclectic and fun to play. Three new recording projects are well underway already, all of which I have performing and various producing and technical duties on. Cindy Scott is doing a socially conscious, very acoustic, project with a lot of originals on it that is going to be super cool, and Brad Walker is working on a new one with his killer band and some choice musical guests that is going to be epic. Evan Christopher is putting out a live CD that he culled from a series of shows he did during the 2015 Jazz Fest. Some big talent on that one including Joe Ashlar and Roland Guerrin, as well as one or two of my tunes. I am really psyched to be involved with all three of these discs.
The Organic Trio is having it’s new CD picked up by the French jazz record label Jazz Family. I'm very proud of this disc, it sounds fantastic and unlike any organ trio record I have ever heard. It achieves that very naturally and honestly I think, we certainly didn’t set out to try to reinvent that format. All three of us wrote tunes for the record, and it has been killing touring that music.
Coming up later this year are more tours with Cindy and the Organic Trio. Cindy and I will be doing the East Coast and Northeast in late May, the Midwest and Central US in August and Europe in late September. I’ll also be in Europe with the Organic Trio, and others, in June and July, and then out with them again in the Fall.
2015 was an incredible year for me. I toured in Europe 5 times, went to India for some gigs, toured in the midwest, southwest and northwest, as well as some other regional stuff, worked on a bunch of great records by the Organic Trio, Vadim Neselovskyi, Brad Walker, Alex Bosworth & Hank Mackie and more. I met some beautiful new friends (you know who you are), and got to play with some superstars like Evan, 5 time Grammy-nomincated vocalist Karrin Allyson, multi-instrumentalist Mahmoud Chouki, bassist Rodney Whitaker, cellist Elisabeth Fügemann, vocalist Laura Antoniolo, pianist Clemens Orth, bassist Bob Bowman and the crew from KC, and the cats from MSU. I am totally sure that I have forgotten someone incredibly important, so please don’t hate me! I’d also like to thank all of the people that helped us, housed us, hosted us, and, most importantly, listened to us!
TOURS IN THE WORKS
All of the tour windows for all of 2016 with Cindy and the Organic Trio still have dates to fill. So if you are interested in seeing one of those groups live, or sponsoring or facilitating a show, house concert, clinic, etc, please let me know.
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,
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.
STUFF TO CHECK OUT!!
The Organic Trio Home Remembered
Alex Bosworth Here For You
Brad Walker Quintet
Paul Wiltgen & The Paislies
Martin Urbach’s Free Will
Cindy Scott’s Let the Devil Take Tomorrow