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NEWS

4/27/17
NORTHERN VA CD RELEASE SHOW ANNOUNCED!
I'll be bringing the New Quintet to the Epicure Cafe in Fairfax, VA on June 11 to celebrate the Facts + Figures release and debut some new compositions for our next recording project. Hope to see some old NOVA friends out there!

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Baltimore and additional DC dates coming soon...

SIDEMAN:
There are some nice gigs being added to the calendar beginning with a CD release show with the Greg Hatza ORGANization at Chris' Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia on May 4.

Please keep your eye on my calendar page for info and new shows as they get added.

STUDIO:
I'll be heading into Time Master Studio with the band to do a little recording in May. This will be an interim project fcusing on some of my simpler "lead sheet" tunes from over the years. I'm excited to get some of these old tunes recorded, some of which go back 30 years!

This summer I also hope to finish up Chord Lines/In the Groove, the organ album I recorded a couple of years ago with Greg Hatza, Mark Stanley and Leland Nakamura. I've done some rough mixing at Gizmo Recording Co. and it sounds great. I plan to put a horn section on some of the pop and rock covers we did on this project. Stay tuned!

Also at Gizmo, Bold Deceivers is making slow but steady progress toward the completion of our EP. This is the "roots" band in which I mainly play accordion, plus melodica, tin whistle, and a wee bit o' the saxophone.

VIDEO:
New video is up from the Blues Alley show in January. Look on my video page or visit my You Tube channel for those and much more!

1/25/17
THANK YOU!
The CD release show at Blues Alley was fantastic! As my kids would say, EPIC thanks to all who came out! Videos being added to my You Tube channel, so if you missed the show or would like to relive it, please check it out.

1/1/17
CD RELEASE SHOW FOR FACTS + FIGURES 1/17/17 AT BLUES ALLEY!
The first show to celebrate the release of the new album will be at Blues Alley on Tuesday, January 17. We will perform all the music from the record plus a few new ones in preparation for the next recording. Same band as the record: Paul Pieper (guit), Jon Ozment (pno), Nathan Kawaller (bass), and Leland Nakamura (drs).

HERE is a direct link for tickets.

For reservations, call 202.337.4141

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SIDEMAN:
The new CD by the Greg Hatza ORGANization is now available! It's called "Digging Up My Roots" and features R&B and Blues tunes that were influential to him coming up in Reading, PA in the '60s. I'm proud to have been a part of this great band for nearly 20 years! We'll be playing in the DC/Baltimore area quite a bit this year to promote the record and hopefully hitting the road, too. Stay tuned! You can get the CD through Greg's website (link above), the usual online outlets, or at one of our gigs.

9/18/16
BLUES ALLEY SHOW JUST ADDED!
I'll be bringing a fantastic quartet featuring Bob Butta (piano), Steve Zerlin (bass) and Leland Nakamura (drums) to Blues Alley in DC this month on Tuesday, 9/27.

HERE is a direct link for tickets. 

9/1/16
"FACTS + FIGURES" NOW AVAILABLE FOR DOWNLOAD AND STREAMING
Newly mastered by the amazing Greg Lukens, my latest album is available exclusively on Bandcamp. It's 75 minutes of new music, brought to life by the incredible performances of Jon Ozment (piano), Paul Pieper (guitar), Nathan Kawaller (bass) and Leland Nakamura (drums). Recorded and mixed by Gantt Kushner at Gizmo Recording Co. 
A preview is avalable in the sidebar to the right on this page. I hope you'll check it out!

HERE is a great early review by Eddie Myer.

Why Bandcamp? Because it is by far the most equitable online music store for independent artists like me. Download their free app and get unlimited streaming of all your purchases. Plus, it is a wonderful community and a great avenue for discovering independent music your algorhythms have never even heard of!

HERE is a great NYT article about Bandcamp. Written from a punk fan's perspective, I think it applies to all genres.

HERE is a cool graphic that compares what it takes for an artist to earn a monthly minimum wage through the various download and streaming services we all enjoy.

SIDEMAN:
Locally, I'll be making the rounds this fall with the Greg Hatza ORGANization, the Larry Brown Quintet and other fine groups. Check my calendar page for details.

8/1/16
UK TOUR RECAP
My thanks to everyone who made my little "Pints & Petrol Tour" such a memorable time! Terry SeabrookJack KendonMilo Fell and I really established a wonderful chemistry over just four gigs at the Snowdrop Inn, the Bristol Bar, the Verdict, and the Love Supreme Festival. It was also a joy to create beautiful nights of music with Godfrey Sheppard, Roy Hilton, Malcolm Mortimore and Paul Burnett-Kirk at the Hare and Hounds; and with Dave Drake, Nigel Thomas, Loz ThomasSara Oschlag  and Jack Kendon back at the Bristol Bar.

HERE are some nice photos from our gig at the Verdict by Brian O'Connor. Go to search on the right of his page, then type my name into the search box.

I'll have some audio, video and a slideshow up soon!

6/24/16
LOVE SUPREME UPDATE
I'll be performing at 5pm on the Bandstand Stage, Saturday, July 2. 

6/1/16
LOVE SUPREME FESTIVAL ADDED TO UK TOUR!
I'll be performing on the Bandstand Stage at This year's Love Supreme Festival on July 2. Time TBA. What a great finish to this summer's tour! For full tour dates, please visit my calendar page.

NEW CD IS FINISHED! 
"Facts + Figures", my new album of originals, is in the can! A preview of it should automatically play when you load this page (stay on this page to hear the whole thing, about 11 minutes). The controller is in the sidebar to the right.

This CD was a joy to produce. It features the incredible musicianship of Jon Ozment (piano), Paul Pieper (guitar), Nathan Kawaller (bass) and Leland Nakamura (drums). It was recorded and mixed by Gantt Kushner at Gizmo Recording Co. The nine compositions are reflections of some of the events and people (the facts + figures) in my life over the past few decades.

I'm pressing a limited run to have on hand for my UK tour, then will have an official release and performances this fall. For the months of June and July, digital copies may be purchased exclusively on my Bandcamp site.

SIDEMAN:
The Greg Hatza ORGANization has just recorded a new album. This CD will be a very danceable/blues-focused project featuring classic tunes such as Stagger Lee, I Got a Woman, Hi-Heel Sneakers and the James Brown version of Night Train, along with some of Greg's originals. Rounding out the band are Brian Kooken (guitar) and Robert Shahid (drums). I've been a member of Greg's band for nearly 20 years and he is featured on my Organic Matter CD as well as my upcoming Chord Lines/In the Groove. It's a great musical relationship that I'm proud to have been a part of for so long!

3/10/16
U.K. TOUR DATES ANNOUNCED:
I'm very excited to announce a series of performances in the Sussex/Brighton area mid-June through early July. I'm really looking forward to playing with British jazz luminaries Terry Seabrook, Jack Kendon, Godfrey Sheppard and Cookie Jones, among others. Five dates are confirmed, with several pending. Please check my calendar page for info and updates. Thanks to my good friend Mike Andrews for making this happen!

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NEW RECORDING:
Recording is underway for a new album my originals. One session and 5 tunes are in the can, wih a second session happening in mid-March. It's my good fortune to have Jon Ozment (piano), Paul Pieper (guitar), Nathan Kawaller (bass), and Leland Nakamura (drums) doing such incredible things with this music! And Gizmo Recording Company couldn't be a more relaxing, easy place to work in!
I'm putting this project on the front burner in order to have it released by June 1st. Stay tuned for updates! 

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SIDEMAN:
Guitarist Joshua Bayer has released his new CD, now titled "Six by Five". It features me, fellow saxophonist Paul Carr, organist Todd Simon, and drummer Harold Summey. All original tunes by Josh and it swings like mad.
Buy it here!

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SIDEMAN:
Since last fall I've been part of the roots/country/bluegrass project Bold Deceivers. I'm playing mostly accordion and melodica, along with some penny whistle and tenor saxophone. It's a gas learning to play the squeezebox, and I truly love playing this music! We're starting to hit the DC/ Bmore bar scene and a few music festivals. We also plan to get some recording done this spring. Click th BD link above to visit our Facebook page for news and updates.

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UPCOMING RELEASE:
The release of "Chord Lines/In the Groove", the new organ record featuring Mark Stanley (guitar), Greg Hatza (organ) and Leland Nakamura (drums), is being delayed while I fast-track my current CD project. I now hope to get it done by summer's end… We got some great sounding stuff in the can, but now I'm thinking of adding a horn section to a few tracks. Plus my learning curve for mixing and mastering at home progresses slowly…

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TEACHING:
I have openings for a few more private students in my home studio, the Jazz CaveI take in-person students by referral only, but also offer Skype/Facetime lessons for all others. I offer private lessons in saxophone, improvisation, theory and composition. Please contact me for info on rates and availability.

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Thanks again for stopping by. Please check back often for updates on performances, recordings, teaching and other activities. I hope you will feel free to contact me with any comments, suggestions, or just to say hello.

Cheers,
PF

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