July update: taking the 202 to the 340

I hope you’re staying safe and sane as our COVID-19 lives continue into the summer. I’m happy to see the return of some outdoor gigs that are supplementing the wide range of live streaming performances from artists around the world.

I’m writing this month from St. Croix in the US Virgin Islands, where I’ve had a chance to meet some local musicians and explore the the local jazz scene. I have two streaming shows this month, a happy hour set on Friday the 10th at 6 pm sponsored by Mr. Henry’s restaurant in DC, and a set with some fine St Croix players on July 18 at 3 pm, a benefit for the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts. I hope you can tune in for those. Read on for more details.

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February 2020 gigs

Here’s my gig list for February 2020, including a special Valentine’s Day duo performance with Barbara Papendorp at Bistrot Lepic. At the end of the month, I’m joining Aaron Myers for the first of a new series of themed shows at Mr. Henry’s.

One more announcement: stay tuned for the first weekly Tunes on Tuesday post on Feb. 18. This will be a weekly story about the songs that had an impact on me, and how that happened.

HillFest!

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.

DC jazz in Bangkok!

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

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
  • Jan. 26: Performance at the Thailand International Jazz Conference (TIJC)
  • Jan. 27: Clinic at TIJC: talking about the jazz scene in Washington, DC

The Collective (L to R): Lionel Lyles, saxes; Evan Samuels, guitar; Will Stephens, drums; Oren Levine, piano; Percy White, bass

December gigs

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).

I’m also celebrating the release of Making Up For Lost Time at a house concert on the 13th. Please let me know if you’re interested in that, so I can send along the details. 

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!

The album project is underway!

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:

  • Aaron Myers
  • Andrew Frankhouse
  • Barbara Papendorp
  • Ele Rubenstein
  • Herb Scott
  • Lionel Lyles
  • Mark Saltman
  • Paul Jung
  • Percy White
  • Tony Gudell

I’m looking forward to hearing the final product and sharing it with you.

Thanks to Tony for the photos!