Here’s the update on my live performances for December 2019.
I’m also happy to announce the release of the first video from Making Up For Lost Time. Enjoy “All I Ever Lost”:
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.
Travelling to Bangkok this weekend with the DC Jazz Collective for a week of shows ending with a performance at the Thailand International Jazz Conference on Jan. 26. Follow us on the trip at @DCJazzCollective and #DCJazzCollective on Instagram and Twitter
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
The Collective (L to R): Lionel Lyles, saxes; Evan Samuels, guitar; Will Stephens, drums; Oren Levine, piano; Percy White, bass
Here’s my list of gigs for December, featuring an exciting DC Jazz Jam with the great Fred Foss on alto sax, and performances with Barbara Papendorp (12/26) and Aaron Myers (12/28).
In addition to all that, I’ll be going into the studio with the Lucky So & Sos to record a couple of tracks for a future release. Stay tuned for more info about that project!
Happy holidays and Happy New Year!
Here’s my gig schedule for August, including a trio on Aug. 25 at a new (for me) venue, Acacia in NW DC near Van Ness
Just completed recording 11 tracks for an upcoming album of original tunes, which I hope to release later this year. I had the privilege of recording at the superb American University studios with Mike Harvey and his crew of talented graduate students, who made it easy for us to capture the work of 11 musicians in a variety of configurations.
I’m deeply grateful to the DC and Baltimore area artists who contributed their talents and ideas to this project:
I’m looking forward to hearing the final product and sharing it with you.
Thanks to Tony for the photos!
I was happy to join the Lucky So & Sos at Exiles Bar in DC on May 12, doing our part to keep the Funk Parade groove after the parade and into the night. Here are some live recordings from the event – we plan to go to the studio later this year to record some of these tracks for real.
I’ll be on stage with the Lucky So & So’s on Thursday Feb. 15 at DC9, playing our exciting mix of latin jazz, funk, and hip hop. We’re including a new tune of mine in the list, a funk jam called “Wanna Be Free.” Come on down and check us out!
Here’s the video from our live show on the Kennedy Center Millennium Stage.
Happy New Year! I just sent out my list of performances for January 2018 to the mailing list. I also posted a new video for my song “Snow Day” (perfect for this “bomb cyclone” week we’re experiencing in the US Northeast). Hope you enjoy it.
I’m always on the lookout for inspiration for new songs, which usually comes in the form of a unique turn of phrase that turns into a lyric or a title. For this new song, a cabaret number called “All I Ever Lost,” inspiration came from Dani Stoller, a talented singer/ actress/playwright I met last year at a cabaret hosted by Barbara Papendorp, another talented singer/actress who I have the pleasure of performing with regularly around the DC area. Dani told us a story of a failed relationship, concluding that “all I ever lost was my TV.” Several months later, that sentiment evolved into this song, which Barbara and I premiered on Aug. 23 at Bistrot Lepic. Enjoy!