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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.