Spring has finally sprung in my part of the world and not a moment too soon, arriving just as May cruised in. Trees became more lush, cherry blossoms began to bloom and fly through Spring air and birds sang more in earnest. Am I happy to see Spring our what? I am. It took awhile and I welcome it with open arms…and perhaps feeling just a bit hopeful, grateful and full of faith.
Now despite the April chill, I had some wonderful musical times, highlighted by the New Commissioned Works at Roulette on April 21st where I took part in an incredible piece written by flutist Nicole Mitchell. What a great night that was! I also bought back Blues and Standards back to the 55BAR for my monthly residency there on THURSDAY, APRIL 25th – a slightly more laid-back affair than the first outing but still sweaty and swinging like I like it! Great playing tunes with guitarist Anders Nilsson, bassist Ratzo Harris and drummer Jason Nazary. They killed it and I’m looking forward to more with them in the near future.
For May’s residency I’m doing something extra-special at the 55BAR on THURSDAY, MAY 30th for the Early Set. I’ll present some of my private and workshop students in solo performances alongside some serious NYC vocal talent ‘Sitting- in’ for a tune including Marianne Solivan, Amy Cervini, Lezlie Harrison and Katie Bull. I’m calling Students and Sit-In – it should be a fun night of song and sharing. I hope you’ll join us. Details up in the PERFORMANCE section.
Speaking of Katie Bull, on SATURDAY, MAY 11th, the wonderful vocalist is hosting a CALLING ALL FORCES, the first annual Earth Friendly Jazz Party – a party to celebrate the Earth with a great line-up of groups for a great evening of music, dance, poetry and art for a great cause! The ExPosed Blues DUO will perform at 8PM and the festivities jump off at 6PM.
In other news, I’m almost finished mixing the new Fay Victor Ensemble record Absinthe & Vermouth and I’m looking forward to presenting it to the world!! We’ll play on the Red Hook Jazz Festival on June 9th and at the ShapeShifter Lab on July 2nd. More news soon on release dates, etc…
Finally, here are some recent sounds and video:
Check out a video of Crystal, one of the selections from Absinthe & Vermouth
Check out my International Jazz Day Contribution
Check out a special take on Monk’s Brilliant Corners recorded in Berlin, Germany.
Thank you for reading – I’m embracing this feeling of Spring, fleeting warm air passing by
and briefly stopping before it gets hot and after it was cold.