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!