Gearing back up, August 2011

Dear Friends,

Many warm summer greetings and warmth is necessary where I am in the world as we’ve had heavy rain and cool temps for the past few days in NYC.  I don’t mind it so much as work mode is gearing back up after a few weeks of taking it slow, punctuated with a couple of gigs that came up at the 55BAR. On FRIDAY JULY 22nd the HOTTEST night of the year (it hit 107 degrees in Central Park that day), Other Dimensions in Music (w/Roy Campbell, Daniel Carter, William Parker and Charles Downs) and myself performed the Late Set to a packed house! It was a BLAST, the audience was welcoming and open so the music just flowed.  Less than 10 days later, Anders Nilsson and I played the Early Set as the ExPosed Blues Duo singing/playing the blues. Always a joy to play at the 55BAR…

Next week WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 24th I’ll perform my only gig this month at the wonderful 92YTribeca as part of t a triple bill entitled Denbaya feat. Emanuel Gibson, Fay Victor and Makane Kouyate.  An eclectic evening of rock, jazz and world music featuring emerging guitarist and songwriter Emanuel Gibson, myself and headlined by the enchanting world music band Denbaya, with Malian artist Makane Kouyate. I’ll perform standards with a twist, with Andrew Bemkey on piano, Dominic Lash on bass.  We’re on at 9PM but come and hang for the whole eclectic ride, should be a good time. Check info here or on the PERFORMANCE section of the FV site.

In other news, I just finished teaching a wonderfully intense 4-day Jazz Vocal workshop through the New York Jazz Workshop (learn more about them here).  It was energizing, rigorous and fun! Great students who put in the work to realize their goals and they all made progress in the direction they wanted to go in.  I realized after this workshop ended how much I loved teaching them.  Luckily, I get another opportunity on the West Coast through the Jazz School @ Berkeley on September 11, 2011 giving a Masterclass on taking the ‘Creative Option’.  The night before I’ll perform a concert at the JazzSchool with bassist Lisa Mezzacappa and guitarist John Finkbeiner.  I can’t tell you how excited I am to go to San Francisco (it will be my first time out west ever!!) I’m looking forward to meet the Vocal Director of the School, Laurie Antonioli. A wonderful vocalist herself, she is open to allowing the students that attend the JazzSchool to get exposed to myriad approaches and ideas. More info here and tell all your SF/Oakland based friends to come by.

After that the Fall heats up with me hitting the road heading the Germany and Holland, then back to perform in Anthony Braxton’s Opera Trillium J in October 2011.  Towards the end of October, there’s some gigs planned with the amazing pianist Elisabeth Harink. And much more to come and share…but for now going to enjoy the last weeks of summer.

I hope you having a summer to remember as well.


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