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.
I had a great summer playing some cool gigs and writing a bunch of new music. I made my third appearence with the Unitaruan General Assembly house band in Spokane, WA. That is always a blast, and it is so nice to get to reconnect with the UU musician family. New bandleader Laura Weiss did a fantastic job, too! I enjoyed getting to knoew Spokane some - the weather was super nice, and I discovered some amazing yoghurt!
After Spokane I headed to the East Coast for some dates with Cindy Scott, a great concert with Karrin Allyson (including epic after-party), and an over-the-top showcase evening at Birdland, called Vocal Mania hosted by Janis Seigel (Manhattan Transfer) & and Lauren Kinhan (New York Voices). Wow!
The next stop for me was a deeply inspiring month in Portugal. I ate, listened, travelled and wrote my way across the northern half of the country. I came home with a nice stack of new tunes and have been previewing some of them at gigs since I’ve been back.
Now I am getting ready for my annual fall European tour with Cindy Scott. We will be playinf in some of our old favorites as well as in a couple of new places. Check the calendar for details.
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 :)
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.
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. 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!
- October with Cindy Scott in Europe.
- Late October with the Organic Trio in Louisiana.
- May 2020 - Artist residency II: Portugal
- Mid-June UUGA Convention Providence, RU
- July/August 2020 - with Cindy Scott in the Midwest.
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.