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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.
"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.
UK TOUR RECAP
My thanks to everyone who made my little "Pints & Petrol Tour" such a memorable time! Terry Seabrook, Jack Kendon, Milo 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 at the Hare and Hounds; and with Dave Drake, Nigel Thomas, Loz Thomas, Sara 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!
LOVE SUPREME UPDATE
I'll be performing at 5pm on the Bandstand Stage, Saturday, July 2.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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…
I have openings for a few more private students in my home studio, the Jazz Cave. I 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.
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.