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*Billboard Top 5*Grammy Ballot* NY Jazz Camps* Dizzy's**

First things first - What are you going to be for Halloween? There's been more than enough scare in the air with this election season so I may stick to my superhero theme and fight evil forces into the night and November...

In good news, the new album "Bria" many of you crowd funded has peaked on the Billboard Charts at #5 on both Top Jazz Albums and Traditional Jazz Albums, #8 on Contemporary Jazz as well as #8 on the Jazz Week Charts for 2 weeks in a row! Woohoo!

I'm also excited to share I'm on the Grammy ballot for the first time with this disc, for consideration in the following 5 categories:

Best New Artist

Jazz Vocal Album

Instrumental Composition "Down in the Deep"

Engineered Album - Chris Allen

Producer of the Year - Matt Pierson

What does that mean? I am eligible for a nomination.

If you are a NARAS Voting Member, please consider this project for your vote.

Thank you and much appreciation!

Matt Pierson absolutely gets Producer of the Year in my books, and we've teamed up again, secretly starting to work on our next project which will be recorded in UNDER 2 MONTHS.... This time I'll be focusing on FUN as this is a particularly joyous time :) In the next few weeks I'll be going to Nashville and Los Angeles to work on writing new songs with some of the industry's best which should be a thoroughly interesting and growing experience.

I have a new NYC date DECEMBER 8TH at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, the most beautiful club in the city where you'll hear cuts from the recent release and a sneak preview of some of the new stuff before I go into the studio again. Before then I'll be in Virginia, Arizona, Florida, Pennsylvania and So. Carolina, details below.

Aaaand *DRUMROLL**SPLASH!* The 2017 NEW YORK HOT JAZZ CAMP is open for applications including for our first YOUTH CAMP during NYC Spring break. I can't wait.

Check out our testimonials and find more information at:

YOUTH CAMP 13-17 years April 10th-14th, 2017

ADULT CAMP 18+ May 15th-21st, 2017

As always, thanks for reading! Check out more fun stuff and my newly revamped website at for the latest.

Have a fantastic and freaky weekend :):)


Oct 26 Birdland w/ David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Eternity Band

Nov 3 Weinstein JCC, Richmond VA

Nov 5 Amelia Island Jazz Festival, FL

*Rescheduled date due to Hurricane Matthew

Nov 14 Musical Instrument Museum, Phoenix AZ

Nov 15 GVR Performing Arts Center, Green Valley AZ

Nov 17 West Texas Jazz Society, Midland TX

Nov 23 Birdland w/ David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Eternity Band

Nov 30 Penn State U Shwab Auditorium, University Park, PA

Dec 3 Kiawah Arts Council, Kiawah SC

Dec 8 Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, New York NY

Consider giving yourself or your special someone a holiday gift of The Jazz Cruise taking place January 28-February 4th out of Florida. Artists include Al Jarreau, Rene Marie, Jimmy Cobb, Lewis Nash, Paquito D'Rivera, Cyrille Aimee and many more.

Hope to sail with you! :)

Enjoy this musical montage from Joe's Pub in July. More videos from Joe's, Madison Square Park and the BRIC Jazz Festival are available on my YouTube Channel

Last Winter I was invited by Jazz at Lincoln Center to visit the Jazz Record Center in Manhattan to pick out some albums (and keep them, thank you!!) and chat about what/whomever came to mind while doing so.**WARNING** Nerd factor is very high in this video!

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