What’s going on this JULY

Hello,

Summer is finally here and I’m looking forward to one big show before a small summer slowdown then doing a couple of wonderful things at the end of July.   More on all that in a minute but I need to give praise for the month that was JUNE 2013, it was a great month.  A landmark month maybe.  No Carnegie Hall hit or an appearance with the New York Philharmonic but I worked with four esteemed musicians this month for the first time, The FVE kicked ass at the Red Hook Jazz Festival, I MC’d the final night of Vision Festival 18, played a great night of Standards with new musicians and a new venue in Baltimore, MD and the ExPosed Blues DUO played at Cornelia Street Cafe for the first time, that concert becoming the catalyst toward a new and wonderful musical direction.

At the end of May at the 55BAR a friend told me how lucky I was to do what I do and to get to share and connect with so many people from all over the world.  Her statement gave me pause because although I say I’m grateful a lot, lately I’ve been too busy with wanting more and feeling I’m getting less.  Her words made me see what I have to be so grateful for and June exemplified what living a full musical life enables sometimes – fortunate and deep connections communicated in a unique way with people who are strangers at first but quickly become confidantes accessing areas so remote in other parts of life yet may bloom in full view here.  So working with pianist Aruan Ortiz, saxophonist Sam Newsome, guitarist Marvin Sewell and the legendary drummer Andrew Cyrille for the first time this month unlocked new vistas for me.

And before the summer breaks, please join the Fay Victor Ensemble at our DEBUT at the SHAPESHIFTER LAB on TUESDAY, JULY 2nd at 8:15PM performing music from the upcoming release Absinthe & Vermouth…all the deets are here! I love this group so much.  how we play together and interact is really special.  I hope you join us as well be laying low until close to the release of Absinthe and Vermouth in the Fall.

Also at the end of July I’ll appear as a featured guest with reedist Michael Moore’s quartet at the Stone on TUESDAY JULY 23rd. Michael will be here for a week doing a Stone residency and I’m honored that he asked me to join his group. I round out July with and a double celebration of my one year 55 BAR Residency and my birthday which I celebrate on July 26th (also the date we started last year).  The gig last year was phenomenal with amazing musicians and people joining me on the bandstand including Tyshawn Sorey, Michael Attias, Ratzo Harris, Ras Moshe and Kyoko Kitamura for a rip roaring good time.  This year I’m looking forward to celebrating one year of having the last Thursday of the month to share my music and I’m inviting a different cast of characters to join the fun including Darius Jones, Roy Campbell, Reggie Nicholson and more…happening onTHURSDAY, JULY 25th at the 55BAR for the Early Set.

Thanks for reading and have a safe and relaxing summer!  I’ll be back with an August update as I head to the West Coast once again to make music with Lisa Mezzacappa and Herbie Nichols Sung makes a quartet appearance on the 55BAR residency at the end of the month + an update on the release of Absinthe & Vermouth!

Fay

A June bug told me to be out on the town!

Happy June!

After the touch and go weather month that May was, I’m happy to see my city bathed in sunlight and mild temperatures…and I’m happy to be out making music in this fair city this month (with a little step out of town as well) and I can’t wait to tell you all about it.

Getting there shortly and before I do, I want to talk about a special event last month – I put on my first student presentation. This was major for me. I’ve been teaching voice privately and in groups for going on 15 years and outside of any school based presentations I’ve been involved in, I hadn’t put on one of my own. So on THURSDAY, MAY 30, I gave over my monthly 55BAR residency and asked a few esteemed vocalists from the New York scene to come in and “SIT IN”. Students & Sit-ins turned out to be a wonderful  evening. The students gave strong performances and the vocalists that gave of their time and spirit were a delight and an inspiration to hear. Folks stopping by to hang were treated with a evening full of vocalists performing to great accompaniment of pianist John Austria and bassist Andrea Veneziani. I’m very proud of the work the students have put into their own personal sound and grateful to Lezlie Harrison, Marianne Solivan, Katie Bull and Amy Cervini offering a wonderful glimpse into how it can be done! We dedicated the night to the astounding pianist Mulgrew Miller who passed away last week and still has the jazz world shattered. It felt appropriate dedicating these performances to him, a dedicated educator and mentor beloved by so many for his unique take on the jazz tradition in his playing. May he rest in peace. Thanks again to all that were involved including the fantastic and supportive audience that came out to show love and happiness to all the vocalists.

Lots coming up this month, so I’ll dive right in with the happenings and as always performance details on the PERFORMANCE section of the FV sight.

– Coming up this SUNDAY, JUNE 9, the Fay Victor Ensemble is thrilled to be part of the Red Hook Jazz Festival, the first festival we’ve appeared on since our 2010 appearance on the Vision Festival and we’re really looking forward! Our new record, ABSINTHE & VERMOUTH is rolling out later this Fall will be the playlist for our 2PM set.

SATURDAY, JUNE 15 I’ll hang with Alby Balgochian’s BassCentric at the reopening of the wonderful 5C Cafe in the Lower East Side.

SUNDAY, JUNE 16,  I’m MC’ing the night of Vision Festival 18 at Roulette in Brooklyn. This year the festival honors drummer Dr. Milford Graves with a night devoted to him on WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12th

– The ExPosed Blues Duo (Guitarist Anders Nilsson and myself) perform on Sara Serpa’s curated Voice Box Series at Cornelia Street Cafe on TUESDAY, JUNE 18 for the early at at 8:30PM. We’ll be unleashing some new directions on this gig…and coming up at 10PM is the Camila Meza quartet.

– A performance I’m just honored to take part with these esteemed gentlemen: pianist Aruan Ortiz, saxophonist Sam Newsome and the legendary drummer Andrew Cyrille as part of Arun Ortiz’s Music and Architecture Series at DROM on THURSDAY, JUNE 20 from 9 – 11PM.

– Heading to Baltimore to hang and play at Caton Castle on SATURDAY, JUNE 22,  performing Blues and Standards with a killing Baltimore based quartet.

– This month’s 55BAR residency has the esteemed guitarist Marvin Sewell joining me and perhaps a special guest. Come hang with us  for the Early Set on THURSDAY, JUNE 27.

Thanks for reading and I’m sending wishes of love, kindness, openness and support. I’m blessed to be able to go out into the world on my terms as much as possible and its because so many beautiful souls have told me the truth about themselves, their lives and how what I do may filter through that. Its such a gift to get that insight into others hearts and souls. I recently wrote a piece about the process of dying while waiting on someone you love desperately to come home, based on a true story. I performed that piece in a concert a few months ago and afterwards a listener came up to me and told me that when her Mom was dying, her Mom wanted to wait on her Dad to be there to see her go.  How her Mom held on as long as she could and he made it in time. The listener told me that she never heard a piece of music convey that idea as strongly as this piece did for her. What an honor that the listener shared that with me, letting me into something so deeply private while letting me know that my intention came across loud and clear to her.