Hope you are well, happy and healthy. 2019 got off to a roaring start with plenty of projects and it just now feels like everything is grooving right. My band broke some new ground these last few weeks playing for the first time in Utah, Oklahoma, Kansas and VIVAAAAAA Las Vegas! The group sounded great - Darrian Douglas on drums, Mathis Picard on piano, Devin Starks on bass and we were blessed with Evan Arntzen and Patrick Bartley on reeds on separate gigs. We spend a lot of time traveling together and I really appreciate them as people as much as players. My band was unaware of this song before the trip and now it will pleasantly haunt their dreams :D Anyway, it was a lot of fun to meet new people and play our increasing book of signature tunes and arrangements. Thanks for coming out!
I'm about to embark on a truly unique adventure with the Monterey Jazz Festival on Tour: 26 concerts in 31 days, oh my! The full list is below - We hit 16 different states and will be in Calgary (O CANADA!) for one whirlwind night. I'm thrilled to be collaborating with the artistry of Cécile McLorin Salvant, vocals; Melissa Aldana, tenor saxophone; Christian Sands, piano and musical director; Yasushi Nakamura, bass, and Jamison Ross on drums and vocals.
*SURPRISE* I released a brand new track in January called "Villain Vanguard" which was inspired by the Women's Marches. You can find it on all the streaming platforms, and check out a live version of it below.
What else... I've been keeping up my educational activities with Jazz at Lincoln Center and the Armstrong House. This weekend I'll be heading to Indiana to teach clinics and perform with ensembles at Purdue University and Ball State University (BSU!) Following the MJF tour I'll be right back into the 4th edition of the New York Hot Jazz Camp. With over 50 campers (7 on Scholarship!) this is our most full year yet and surely the final concerts at the Gotham Jazz Festival Sunday April 28th will be top notch. We have an amazing line-up this year and tickets go on sale March 12th.. more info to come on that!
Well, I better get back to practicing and plotting. Thank you always for listening and I hope to see you before too long!
February 27: New York, NY / Birdland w/ David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Eternity Band
February 28: West Lafayette, IN / Purdue University, Clinician, Lafayette IN
March 2: Muncie, IN / Ball State University
March 6: New York, NY / Birdland w/ David Ostwald's Louis Armstrong Eternity Band
MJF ON TOUR
March 15: New York, N.Y. / The Appel Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall (2 sets)
March 16: New York, N. Y. / The Appel Room, Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P. Rose Hall (2 sets)
March 17: Boston, Mass. / Berklee Performance Center
March 19: Troy, N.Y. / Troy Savings Bank Music Hall
March 21: Bethesda, Md. / Music Center at Strathmore
March 22: University Park, Pa. / Penn State University, Eisenhower Auditorium
March 23: Philadelphia, Pa. / Kimmel Center, Verizon Hall
March 24: East Lansing, Mich. /
Michigan State University, Wharton Center for Performing Arts, Cobb Great Hall
March 26: Omaha, Neb. / Holland Performing Arts Center, Kiewit Concert Hall
March 28: Baton Rouge, La. / Manship Theatre at the Shaw Center for the Arts
March 29: Meridian, Miss. / Mississippi State University, Riley Center
March 30: Memphis, Tenn. / Germantown Performing Arts Center
March 31: Fayetteville, Ark. / Walton Arts Center, Baum Walker Hall
April 2: Portland, Ore. / Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall
April 3: Berkeley, Calif. / University of California Berkeley, Zellerbach Hall
April 4: Rohnert Park, Calif. /
Sonoma State University, Weill Hall at Green Music Center
April 5: Los Angeles, Calif. / Walt Disney Concert Hall
April 7: Seattle, Wash. /