Wednesday, March 30, 2011

April Schedule

Blog # 72: April

I have been slacking with my blog this past month. Lots of rehearsals and scheduling. I've been gearing up for what is going to be the busiest month I've had in a while. It is so busy, I've warned my close friends that I'm going to be MIA and that they should consider me 'gone' until May. Here is my itinerary, for those that are around and want to see me perform. I have some dates with Joe and John Beaty's big band 'Morning Musuko', this band plays jazz covers of Japanese Pop songs. Recording with my friend Deric Dickens: he's doing an album of duo performances, other people on that album include Matt Wilson, Jeff Lederer, Jeremy Udden, Kirk Knuffke and Ben Cohen. I'm also playing with my band 'Red Light Growler' in Brooklyn, this group plays a mix of Post-rock-indie-rock-jazz. Then in Philly with a jazz quartet led by me; playing mostly standards and then finally the last week of April, recording my album in Brooklyn with Jeremy Udden-Alto Sax, Julian Pollack-Rhodes, Julian Smith- Bass, Ziv Ravtiz-drums. I'm fired up to do this record, it's going to be great. I also have a lot of rehearsals and whatnot filling out this busy schedule. April: Let's do this :)

April 7th and 8th: Recording Deric Dicken's Album

April 8th: w/ "Morning Musuko", Philly, @ Mausoleum of Contemporary Art

April 9th: w/ "Morning Musuko", DC @ Cherry Blossom Festival

April 11th: w/ Red Light Growler @ Bar 4 Brooklyn

April 13th: w/ Jon Crowley Quartet, Philly @ Chris' Jazz Cafe

April 20th and 21st: Recording Jon Crowley 2nd Album

If I'm playing in a city near you, come by, check out the music, and come say 'hi'

Tuesday, March 8, 2011


Blog #71: Update

I've been very busy the past few weeks, hence why I haven't updated this blog. Its a little over a month until I record my second album and things are starting to really ramp up. The music is almost finished and will be 6 songs(longer tunes, 8-10 minutes, that are multi-movement suites), plus interludes to connect the pieces. The concept being to have the entire album being one thing that just flows tune to tune, instead of just a collection of songs. I just wrote a duet intro for Bass and Trumpet, that should be fun. I'm even considering writing more 'connecting' material that i'd use on the final record, just to have options depending on the final order of the CD. But this all means that mixing should take a bit longer than last time.

I still have a lot of unanswered questions going into this record, and I'm okay with that. I know Julian Pollack is playing rhodes keyboard and Ziv Ravitz is playing drums, but I am still weighing my options on bass, and using a sax or guitar. The first record I did ('Connections') was a very well rehearsed band. This record is going to be a studio project, with very limited rehearsal, so there is a lot of unknowns with that. Its a gamble, but I truly believe that jazz musicians work best when they are faced with the unknown. We'll find out soon enough if it works!

Lastly, I've been pretty busy with a band I'm in called 'Red Light Growler'. Having a lot of fun with this group, hopefully we'll get some sort of small tour in August or September, and maybe try to do a record in the fall. Also, my good friend Deric Dickens(great drummer) is recording his first album in early April with people like Matt Wilson, Kirk Knuffke and myself. Its going to be a series of duets, looking forward to that. Keep an eye out for it.

Feeling pretty optimistic about the future at the moment...