This post is later than usual and I see that it gets harder and harder to keep up with regular postings but I will do the best I can and keep you posted with all the happenings as soon as I can get to it.
For starters, I’m thrilled to have just come back from Baltimore after playing this past weekend with an amazing group of musician as part of the Creative Differences Second Sunday Series, where they invite a special guest to perform their own compositions. I was thrilled to perform early Fay Victor Ensemble pieces featured on Cartwheels Through the Cosmos and The FreeSong Suite with the likes of pianist Lafayette Gilchrist, bassist Michael Formanek, drummer Eric Kennedy, reedist John Dierker and trumpeter Dave Ballou. They really dug into the music and Baltimore came out too, a very nice showing of folks and of love for the music
Yep, life is getting busier which is wonderful but not without it’s stresses. Thankfully the release of Absinthe & Vermouth (Greene Ave Music 2013) has exposed the music of the Fay Victor Ensemble to new ears! So we’re working on our first European tour for April 2015 and before that We’ll play in Jazz Pioneer’s Series in Western Massachusetts (MAY 25, 2014), The Jazz Gallery in New York City ! (JUNE 5, 2014), we’ve been invited to take part in a special initiative for the New York Restoration Project in Summer 2014 and we’re working on a small tour of the East Coast for the Fall with set dates in Washington DC at the Bohemian Caverns (OCTOBER 5, 2014) and more to come. The biggest honor of all comes just next month on SATURDAY, APRIL 12 when we’re honored to appear as part of the TriCentric Foundation Presenting Series sharing the night with Anthony Braxton’s Falling River Nonet. The Fay Victor Ensemble will premiere the commissioned piece Neighborhood Dynamics with very special guests flutist Nicole Mitchell and Vincent Chancey on french horn. Jochem van Dijk and I cannot express the delight and honor we feel to contribute to this amazing festival, looking forward to present this piece to the world. I hope you check out as many nights as possible of the Presenting Series and the Trillium J the following week as well.
Before all that and much closer to now some wonderful things coming up as well:
*This FRIDAY, MARCH 14 I’m performing a duo concert with Ratzo Harris on the Main Stage at MICHIKO Studios performing standards, originals with solid doses of improvising inside and outside of the forms. – starting at 8PM.
*SATURDAY, MARCH 22 I’m back at the Classon Social Club with FV’s Blues and Standards.w/ Anders Nilsson (g), Ratzo Harris (b) and Jason Nazary (dr). 2 sets at 8 and 10PM – NO Cover, 2 drink minimum.
*THURSDAY, MARCH 27 back at the 55BAR for the monthly residency with a new project “Old Songs, New Skin” with Darius Jones (as) and Marika Hughes (cello) performing older compositions featured on recordings such as Darker Than Blue and Lazy Old Sun. Early Set – 7-9PM. NO Cover, 2 drink minimum.
Finally, I’m very happy to announce that I began running the weekly Jazz Vocal Workshop at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music on Monday nights! I have a wonderful group of singers and looking forward to being part of this venerable institution. I’m still running the Advanced Vocal Workshop for the New York Jazz Workshop for the past two years as well. As a teacher, I can say that I’ve never enjoyed teaching as much as I do now. I feel so fortunate to have engaging, intelligent and creative vocal students that I learn so much and have lots of fun while doing it. I do love my job.