December 2010 NEWS: Back on the Block

Dear Friends,

A happy belated Thanksgiving to you all and early Holiday greetings too!  Jochem and I spent a relatively quiet & cozy Thanksgiving entertaining a few of those closest to us. So much to be thankful for, especially glad to be back in New York City, after being away for over 6 weeks and  I’m looking forward to a December of a few lovely gigs, seeing YOU and the promise for 2011.

And I’m almost there but first a warm thank you for those that came out to the ExPosed Blues Duo gig at the Shrine on last Thursday (NOVEMBER 18th).  It was a new room for us and I’m not sure it was the best fit yet we had a supportive audience as well as warm feedback after the show. We’ll play the ExPosed Blues Duo out again this month as part of the EVOLVING Voice & Music Series at the Local 269 on December 20th…

And what else is up for December?  I start off the month sharing a double bill with one of my favorite singers and people on the planet, Kyoko Kitamura.  We’ll play at 5C this coming FRIDAY, DECEMBER 3, 2010 for the second time (we had a killer night there back in May) and Kyoko opens things up at 8PM with dancer Mark Lamb, presenting the Dolly Parson Avant-Cabaret Project (sequel to the Remarkable Lollipop) followed at 9PM by myself and bassist Ken Filiano performing a free-wheeling improv set with sounds and text.  I hope you will join us for a fun filled evening. We’re asking for a $10 donation per set…

On THURSDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2010 join me for the Early Set @ the 55BAR for the return of the Jazz Vault Project with a slightly different line-up for this nights’ dip into Herbie Nichols and Thelonious Monk.  Joining me will be esteemed pianist Anthony Coleman plus Jose Davila on tuba! I’ve really missed playing at the 5’s and playing these tunes here in town. So come on down on hang out. and if you love Herbie Nichols, come check out his tunes with lyrics!

Then…yes…the ExPosed Blues Duo makes a final appearance for 2010 on the EVOLVING Voice & Music Series on December 20th, following a set of JuJu Seahorse, Paul Harding’s spoken music ensemble.  Should be a wonderful night and in fact all of December is a great month for music down at the Local 269 for EVOLVING Voice & Music.  Keep in touch with what’s happening here: and check out all the gig details in the PERFORMANCE section of the FV website. And actually this is my last gig for 2010 as of this writing. Closing out the year with the joyful lament known as the blues feels completely appropriate since the new is on the way.

I can’t believe that we’re are almost officially out of the first decade of this new century. I feel that we’re going into the next phase of things open to the new possibilites ‘change’ tends to evoke.  Next year looks like an interesting year for sure. Please be on the lookout for the Silkheart Records release of KAISO STORIES, the avant-calypso project recorded late summer 2010 with Other Dimensions in Music.  The Fay Victor Ensemble has TWO gigs coming up early next year developing and showcasing the new material for our next project to be released in 2011.  I’m excited to make an appearance as a featured guest with dancer Mark Lamb and Mark Lamb Dance as part of his successful monthly Salon Series in January. Plus I’ll keep you abreast of the wonderful project I’m thrilled to be involved in with reedist Ab Baars in November 2011 in Europe.  And so much more. I’ll keep you posted here and if you’re not on the mailing list please join to get those updates as well.

I wish you all the best wishes for a safe and sound Holiday Season and many open thoughts and opportunities for you in the New Year and Decade!!

In music and more,

Happy Halloween + November 2009 Offerings!


Dear Friends,

Here’s hoping all is well with you on this Hallowed Eve!

Halloween and fright are certainly in the air and I got some of it out my system last night with a great gig at the 55Bar with the ExPosed Blues Duo and cellist Tomas Ulrich.  We certainly unleashed some demons and we hope made everybody feel alright too. Thanks to all the folks that came through – it was a wild and  wonderful night.

And now with November approaching,  I wanted to let you know about some performances coming up in in town.  First up this Tuesday, November 3 as part of the Evolving Voice Vocal Series that I curate, I’ll debut there as a bandleader of sorts.  Lets call it a small collective of 2 with Adam Lane on bass and we’re calling in undetermined. destination. A week before Thanksgiving, guitarist Dom Minasi and I give it another duo go as well at Le Grande Dakar as part of the Infrequent Seams Series run by James Iglenfritz.  We’re there on Thursday, November 19th and on Monday, November 23rd, I’ll be will be at the 55 Bar with the Jazz Vault Project! It’s our first gig in almost a year…looking forward to this reunion. And lookiing forward to seeing you out… Stop by the GUGs page to get more details on the performances in November.

In other news, the FreeSong Suite is doing well – hitting Number #11 on the CMJ Jazz Charts this week and more reviews are coming soon plus the website seems to have found a permanent layout home.  I mean it. If you’re reading this post…you’ve at least taken a look at the front page.  Categories, features and more will be flushed out in the coming weeks so keep coming by to see the changes and to keep in touch with what’s going on. Feedback is always welcome…and thanks for reading.

Warm greetings,