I’m honored to be performing at this year’s HillFest on October 12. This is the third annual free jazz festival put on by the Capitol Hill Jazz Foundation. It promises to be a memorable day of superb music. I’m planning a fun set featuring new arrangements of tunes from Making Up For Lost Time plus some other surprises.
The all-day festival on the 12th caps four days of activities, including a conference and education workshops.
Our father Mel Levine would have turned 95 today. Remembering him with this syllabus from an adult ed class he taught in 1953 on “The Elements of Jazz.” He led students through the recorded history of the music to that time (post-Bop, pre-Miles?), and included an “oversimplified” history of jazz at the end with this lovely ending
The Collective was assembled by Will Stephens, founder of the DC Jazz Jam, for an exchange program with the Mahidol University College of Music in Bangkok. Four jazz faculty from Mahidol will join us in DC at the end of April for a series of performances and jams. The exchange is supported by a grant from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities
Our schedule for the week:
Jan. 22: With Cynthia Utterbach at Bamboo Bar: the Collective backs vocalist Cynthia Utterbach at the elegant Bamboo Bar in the Mandarin Oriental Hotel Bangkok.
Jan. 23: Jam session at Jazz Happens: The band takes the house band spot in this weekly jam session in a top Bangkok jazz club.
Jan. 24: Gig at Check Inn 99: our own show at this popular Bangkok club
At long last, my album of original songs “Making Up For Lost Time” is complete and ready for production, scheduled for release on November 7. The album features 11 compositions (9 with lyrics) and features 10 of the DC area’s top jazz performers.
I’m thrilled with how the music came out. I’m also thrilled with this super cover photo, shot by the brilliant DC photographer Darwyn M. Dave.
I hope you enjoy the finished product, coming soon to CD Baby (digital and CD) and your favorite digital music services.
It was Original Songs week on Jam Of The Week (week 244!), which gave me an opportunity to revisit “As Water Covers The Sea,” an instrumental piece I wrote a couple of years ago. While practicing the tune for the recording, I found a few bits that didn’t sound right to me, so I revised the melody and chords a bit to improve (IMO) the overall harmonic and melodic flow. I’m much happier with the revised version. Hope you enjoy it.
For week 243 of Jam of the Week, we were asked to contribute protest songs. I took the opportunity to write a new one, inspired by (what else) some unfortunate comments by a prominent figure in our national news. Here’s “Ain’t It The Truth”