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April JOY Spring

April Post Pic

Spring is here.

April is here and I’m just warm and fuzzy all over.

Well…at least I’m warm! Higher temps makes a very happy Fay and just in time for a robust month of firsts and bigs and more.  What’s happening?  Well the big news this month is my hubby and musical collaborator Jochem van Dijk and I received our very first commission for the Tricentric Music Festival starting from APRIL 10th through APRIL 19th all going down at Roulette. We’ve written a one hour long piece about gentrification called Neighborhood Dynamics, a look inside gentrification in Brooklyn, NY and as part as an ever growing trend in cities around the US. The piece is written for the Fay Victor Ensemble with two esteemed special guests – flutist Nicole Mitchell and French horn player Vincent Chancey. Not only will we present this piece as part of the TriCentric Presenting Series but we’ll share the night with the great Anthony Braxton himself performing with his Falling River Nonet!! Join us on SATURDAY APRIL 12th, 2014 and note the full program for the Music festival here.  Jochem and I will appear on WKCR (89.9 FM) on WEDNESDAY APRIL 9th to talk about Neighborhood Dynamics, Anthony Braxton, influential music to us and more surprises from 3-6PM.

Right before that join myself and bassist Ratzo Harris at the Lexington Hotel for a early evening Bass Duo featuring standards, put on by the New York Jazz Workshop on TUESDAY, APRIL 8th, 2014. This coming SUNDAY, APRIL 6th join the entire New York Jazz Workshop at Smalls  for the semi annual student presentation! My  Advanced Vocal Class is closing out the event and I’m so looking forward to hearing everyone give their best at Small’s…showtime starts from 12-6PM

Later in April, join the Fay Victor Ensemble as we open it up at the 55BAR residency on THURSDAY, APRIL 24th for the Early Set and closing out the month and my small run at The Lexington with guitarist Anders Nilsson on TUESDAY, APRIL 29th from 6-8PM.  Find specific deets about tall the performances on the FV site.

May will be hopping with a new Herbie Nichols SUNG show at the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music on THURSDAY, MAY 15th and The Fay Victor Ensemble heads up to Western Massachusetts to play as part of the great great series run by the Jazz Pioneer Shares.  They are taking good care of left of center musicians. We are so honored to have been asked to take part, one of those wonderful rare occasion where an email lands in my box with an offer to come play our way. We’re pretty damn excited.

Thanks for reading and I hope and trust that you all are enjoying the sun as much as you can….

Music and light,

The New Year’s NEWS – January 2014

cloudsDear Friends,

Best wishes for an enriching and fulfilling New Year.  I know it’s just getting off the ground and running so to speak and so am I, after a well needed break around the holidays, I’m gearing up for a busy 2014, looking forward to seeing, listening to and playing with many friends abroad and here in New York City.

First…some wonderful news for the Fay Victor Ensemble (FVE).  My group of now almost 9 years released Absinthe & Vermouth in November (Greene Ave Music) and the reviews so far have been just wonderful and reverent about the album.  Its wonderful to receive great reviews yet I’m most thankful for the reviewers really getting what my vision is for the  music,  which is just gold to me. Absinthe & Vermouth tied for 6th place in the NPR Jazz Critics Poll under Vocals, tying with Gretchen Parlato’s Live CD/DVD and Vijay Iyer’s/Mike Ladd Holding it Down Project.  I’m grateful to all the journalists that took the time to go through so much amazing music for 2013, what a daunting challenge that must be! A special thank you to those that chose Absinthe & Vermouth as their favorite Vocal Album of 2013 as well.

The FVE will celebrate the love shown when we perform on JANUARY 22, 2014 at Roulette in Brooklyn, NY performing selections from Absinthe & Vermouth and more.  More on this in a moment.  There’s more FVE news! We’ve received our first commission to write and present a piece for the Tri-centric Foundation Festival in April 2014!  We’ll present a piece called Neighborhood Dynamics, about the inner workings and feelings of a gentrifying Brooklyn. Joining the  FVE for this auspicious occasion in April as special guests will be Nicole Mitchell/flutes and Vincent Chancey/french horn.  The premiere will be alongside a set of Anthony Braxton Falling River Nonet!! To say I’m excited is the understatement of this new year and so I’m laying low, completely and working this expansion of written music for the FVE so far. Here are the details below for the performance later this month.

WEDNESDAYJanuary 22, 2014
The Fay Victor Ensemble presents selections from
Absinthe & Vermouth
Fay Victor – voice, compositions
Anders Nilsson – electric guitar, effects
Ken Filiano – double bass, effects
509 Atlantic Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11217
General Admission: $20
Members/Students/Seniors: $15
Free for All Access Members

December 2013 was a very special music month with a number of wonderful performances…Two of these performances are lingering with me still.  Herbie Nichols SUNG, my project of lyrics and arrangements to Herbie Nichols compositions at the Greenwich House was one of the best performances I’ve ever done in all my years as a musician.  One of my top ten gigs in LIFE so far.  What made it so?  It seemed everything was firing full throttle the entire night.  We were all in the music deeply and that made for incredible journeys and forays.  Thank you for being there if you were, I can’t tell you what it means.  If you weren’t, you missed something! LOL.  At the end of the night when the crowd rose in thunderous applause to give use a rousing standing ovation, I could feel my mouth fly open in disbelief and happiness.  The other concert that was amazing to be a part of was flutist/composer Nicole Mitchell’s When Life’s Door Opens Project that went on the road to Milan to perform right before Christmas.  I’m honored to be a part of this ensemble and to perform with the array of musicians she’s bought together.  This was my second reading of the piece and at the end of January, I head to Chicago to do it again and this time with the Chicago Modern Orchestra Project (CMOP)!

SATURDAYFebruary 1, 2014
Nicole Mitchell’s – When Life’s Door Opens
Chicago Modern Orchestra Project conducted by Renee Baker plus…
Featured Vocalists:
Fay Victor
Damon Locks
Kiran Ahluwalia
Featured Improvisers:
Nicole Mitchell – flutes, electronics
Jeff Parker – guitar
Marquis Hill – trumpet
Tomeka Reid – cello
Joshua Abrams – bass
Marcus Evans – drums
3111 N. Western Avenue
Chicago, IL 60618

Thanks for reading, for your continued support and please continue to support live music.  There’s simply nothing like it.


Herbie Nichols SUNG + the LAST Gig of 2013!

IMG_20131217_141613Ahhhhh just back in NYC from  an inspiring and beautiful weekend of music making with flautist/composer Nicole Mitchell’s spellbinding project “When Life’s Door Opens” in nonet in Milan, Italy for  about 1000 riveted folk. The piece is beautiful, employing many musics plus lots of space for improvising. Moreover, the band has five women, such a treat and I’m loving working with powerful, FIERCE women like Nicole as well as vocalist Kiran Ahluwalia, spoken word artist Jamika Ajalon and afro-electronica specialist Val Jeanty…along side bassist Ken Filiano, guitarist Marvin Sewell, drummer Tomas Fujiwara and Vincent Chancey on French horn. A great project written and lead by a beautiful and musical soul, composer and musician.

Now this week, I turn my focus back to an older musical hero..Herbie Nichols. If you follow me at all, you probably have an idea of what he means to me.  I discovered his music in the ’90′s when I first moved to Amsterdam, the Netherlands by stumbling across a cheesy compilation disc my then boyfriend had at his home.   The badly recorded CD didn’t hide the beauty in the composition “House Party Starting”.  I was caught by the jugular hearing it the very first time. I knew instantaneously that I wanted to sing it yet I also knew that I didn’t have the chops to do so at that time.  A couple years went by before I revisited the tune (better able to at least navigate the melody) again as a possibility for my sophomore recorded effort, ‘Darker Than Blue‘ (Timeless Records, 2001).  One Saturday afternoon the lyrics came pouring forth and thus my journey with Herbie Nichol’s Music began.  I did record “House Party Starting’ on the album called which lead me to the great European Herbie Nichols and Thelonious Monk stylist, Misha Mengelberg and with him I began performing Herbie Nichols’ music in 2005.  I started a NYC based group in 2007 and in 2012 settled on an instrumentation and approach to his unbelievably beautiful melodies. They are just that. Sinewy, twisting, angular and soulful melodies that I’ve always found singable and it’s a thrill to get to play his music this week once again with a band that’s incredible and strong.

Its the holiday season and I know folks have a lot to do but if you’re free it would mean a lot to me if you came to check out the music from this seldom performed composer We’re playing this FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20 at the Greenwich House in the West Village. Such a beautiful venue and sound and I’m honored to not only play there, we’ll also close out the Fall 2013 season.

We look forward to seeing you and the deets are below…

FRIDAYDecember 20, 2013
Herbie Nichols SUNG
part of the SOUND IT OUT Series
46 Barrow Street, just west of 7th Avenue South
8PM (2 sets)
FV – voice, lyrics, arrangements
Michael Attias – alto & baritone saxophone
Anthony Coleman – piano
Ratzo Harris – double bass
Rudy Roylston – drums

I close out the month at the 55BAR the day after Christmas and I’m bringing back Blues & Standards to close out my performing year for 2013.  What a year it has been!

THURSDAYDecember 26th 2013
FV Blues & Standards at the 55BAR
Anders Nillson – guitar
Ratzo Harris – double bass
Reggie Nicholson – drums
Early Set, 7-9PM
No Cover, 2 drink minimum

Thanks for reading and I wish you all a wonderful, fruitful, joyous, restful, reflective and loving holiday season!

In music,

What’s Happening in August 2013?

Its been an incredibly busy summer while also battling the heat…

In my neck of the woods, I hoped for a relaxing and reflective summer.  That has yet to happen and I’m having a wonderful time. I took a small singing break last month, ending July gig-wise performing as a guest with  reedist Michael Moore‘s quartet(YES!!) at the Stone and celebrating my first year having a monthly gig at the 55BAR.  The pre-birthday hang was too much fun, making music with fantastic musical friends such as Darius Jones, Roy Campbell, Reggie Nicholson, Timucin Sahin, Jochem van Dijk, Shayna Dulberger plus Ras Moshe and Albey Balgocian stopping by and lending their sounds with a full warm house to take it all in.  I couldn’t ask for more…  I ended the month heading up to hang the the 2013 Fellows at MusicOmi outside of Hudson, NY.  Guitarist and long-time musical companion Anders Nilsson was a fellow this year plus its a joy to be there and meet interesting musicians from all over the world and getting to play with them too.

August had a running start from day one running the intermediate/advanced Jazz Vocal Summit for the New York Jazz Workshop for the 4th year in a row! I had a great group of vocalists this year and for the first time we added a fifth day devoted to the business of music.  Teaching about this wonderful music we call jazz and showing vocalists how to get out there is a dream come true.  I’m going to be following up soon with a business workshop as part of a new WorkshopsfromHome series that I’ll unveil very shortly.  And there’s plans to in the works to run a Master Class of business for the New York Jazz Workshop. Check the teaching section shortly for more info.

Further into August, I’m thrilled once again to head out to the West Coast to play and continue the rewarding collaboration with bassist Lisa Mezzacappa and guitarist John Finkbeiner.  We’ll hit the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles (THURSDAY, AUGUST 15th), The Center for New Music in San Francisco (FRIDAY, AUGUST 16th) and the new club Duende in Oakland, CA(SATURDAY, AUGUST 17th) performing our predominantly all original program the features compositions of Lisa Mezzacappa’s and my own. Then we’ll head into the studio to record newly written pieces for this tour and further working towards a release of this project.  Such an exciting collaboration and if you’re out that way come on through!

Finally at the end of August, I’m back in NYC and playing at the 55BAR on THURSDAY, AUGUST 29th with Herbie Nichols SUNG in quartet with Michael Attias, Ratzo Harris and Rudy Royston for the Early Set. Keep up with all the performance details on the Performance section of the site. Watch out for the full quintet presentation on the Sound It Out Series at the Greenwich Music House on FRIDAY, DECEMBER 20th with the great Anthony Coleman at the piano.

That’s all for now and for the rest enjoy the winding down of summer…and see you soon!

In music and friendship,

What’s going on this JULY


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!


April 2013 News and such…

Dear Friends!

Its April and the cold snap has snapped back to what I hope is a memory for now…sun is out and warm.  I’m looking forward to some wonderful happenings coming up this month and here’s hoping all is well with you.

I’ll be on the Evolving Series this MONDAY APRIL 8TH for the 9:50 Set, but not with the Fay Victor Ensemble as previously advertised.  There was a scheduling mix-up (I apologize for any inconvenience) BUT I’m happy to present brand spanking new FV String Improv Ensemble in its place!  This should be smoking too and I apologize for mix-up.  The FVE will next play on the Red Hook Jazz Festival on June 9th, 2013. The FV String Improv Ensemble is Anders Nilsson – guitar, Tomas Ulrich – cello and Sean Conly – double bass.

Later this month, I am so honored to be a special guest on Nicole Mitchell’s new piece “When Life’s Door Opens: The Cross Roads for The TriCentric Orchestra’s debut New Commissions held at Roulette on SUNDAY, APRIL 21st.  This will be a special concert also featuring new works by violinist/composer Jason Kao Hwang and Kamala Sankaram accompanied by a crackpot 16 piece ensemble.

Rounding out the month on THURSDAY, APRIL 25,  I’ll perform Blues and Standards once again at the 55BAR!  In December 2012, I wanted to take a break from my normal projects I decided to sing some blues and standards for the holiday season at the 55BAR on my monthly gig.  Not only did we have a packed and enthusiastic house, the music was just so much fun…TOO much fun!  So I’m doing it again this month at the 55BAR with Anders Nilsson on guitar, Ratzo Harris on double bass and Jason Nazary on drums.  As always no cover…just treat the bartender right!

Continuing on the 55BAR note,  a whopping thank YOU for those of you that came out on March 28th and gave SF guests bassist/composer Lisa Mezzacappa and guitarist John Finkbeiner a rousing NYC welcome! Great presenting the music that Lisa and I put together for our group.  The music is growing nicely and we had the 55BAR gig as well as a performance at the fantastic Firehouse 12 in New Haven, CT the next day to dig into the music.  We’re working toward releasing a record with this project and there are plans to head out to the West Coast again this summer to continue the collaboration.  More, more, more on all this soon…

That’s what’s been happening and what’s up for April!  Happy Spring to you all!  Check out all performance details on the Performance section of the site, there is also lots of new clips (especially Herbie Nichols) up on the FV Soundcloud page.

Thanks for reading and happy Spring!


February 2013 news, thoughts and views

Yup, just under the fresh heels of a winter snowstorm in New York City and since I’ve yet to step out in it, I love it to death.  Its so wonderful to look at from the distance of dry warm feet and until I have to step out into it, that’s how I’ll feel.  No winter is not my thing, but that’s no reason to move away from New York City (although it was a GREAT reason to move away from Syracuse, NY), so I’m looking forward to see it go.  Later this month I’ll step out of town but no warmer climes for me but perhaps if I’m lucky more temperate.  And then there’s the music that’s happening before I head out of town which I hope will heat things up. Before getting into what’s coming up, I’d like to give a HUGE thanks to all the folks that came out to the shows plus a small wrap up of the amazing music month that was January 2013!

The moment JANUARY 1st, 2013  landed and I woke up, I felt like a new person, like something strange had lifted and flew away. So cliche no?  Yet it is the absolute truth and boy did I need that sort of energy going into the month as I had more gigs in NYC last month that I’ve ever had since I’ve loved here ( or ever) and ended the month recording the new Fay Victor Ensemble album ABSINTHE & VERMOUTH, due for release in September 2013. I’m so proud of what guitarist Anders Nilsson and double bassist Ken Filiano contributed to the music…boy oh BOY!

January started though with the music of Herbie Nichols as I opened the IBEAM residency I had on Saturdays in January with the launch of the quintet version of the project including Rudy Roylston on drums and the great Anthony Coleman on piano along with Michael Attias on reeds and Ratzo Harris on bass.  The quintet also played a set at Cornelia Street Cafe as part of vocalist Sara Serpa’s Voice Box Festival on JANUARY 22nd.  The rest of the residency was the Fay Victor Ensemble honing the original music we’ve been playing plus brand new pieces for the recording.  It was a great time at IBEAM, a wonderful performance space in Brooklyn and as a band we grew over the three Saturdays we played there.  We filmed the music too and here’s a teaser video of what’s to come on the new record: CRYSTAL – Fay Victor Ensemble The band also played at BAM Cafe LIve, one of the best venues to pay in the city with a great crowd and a fantastic atmosphere.  Great performing there again, I saw it as a good omen that we play at BAM at this time since we also performed at the Bam Cafe Live right before recording our last CD, The FreeSong Suite in 2008.  Looking forward to sharing this music with everyone and I’ll keep you posted on events and sounds as they unravel!  January ended at the 55BAR for my monthly residency there with Herbie Nichols in trio with Razto Harris and Michael Attias.  That was so much fun and a great way to end where we began the month with Herbie Nichols.  I’ll be back at the 55BAR on March 28th with the Lisa Mezzacappa/Fay Victor TRIO!

A very important note: I was honored and humbled to be asked my William Parker to sing a piece he wrote for David S. Ware’s Memorial at St. Peter’s Church on JANUARY 7, 2013.  The evening was a pristine example of space, love, class, dignity, compassion and music with performances by Matt Schipp, Guillermo Brown, William Parker, Cooper-Moore, Joe Morris, Steve Dalachinsky, Daniel Carter, Darius Jones, Muhammed Ali and more.

Coming up this month, this TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 12th, I’ll appear with the ExPosed Blues DUO and special guest Darius Jones for a set sharing the bill with Turkish guitar phenom Timucin Sahin at DROM and then I’ll appear with William Parker’s Essential Orchestra at Roulette on SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 16th.  Then I’m one the road, meeting family in France and heading to Berlin to work on and play Herbie Nichols with pianist Achim Kaufmann and tenor saxophonist Tobias Delius, culminating in 2 nights of concerts MARCH 1st and 2nd in Berlin.  February began with the openingof the Evolving Series and a special duo with drummer/composer Tyshawn Sorey.  It was a powerful start and I trust there will be more, and soon.

Going back to January once more -it was an incredible month but a sad month as well. With the loss of Butch Morris suddenly and the recent passing of Jayne Cortez and now most recently Donald Byrd (amongst so many others), it hard not to feel that our heroes and mentors are leaving quickly, like butterflies. In the case of Butch Morris, I can say with great honor that I worked with him and learned a lot from him when I did.  I attended his conduction workshops in NYC back in February 2005, the now famous Black February and attended many of those events.  I later became part of his Chorus of Poets for about three years and I tapped into Butch’s ‘Conduction’ method at a time when I was figuring out how to improvise on my own terms and truly venture into the free. It was great to have a method of improvisation where you essentially respond to his baton and in turn that creates an orchestrated sound in its entirety, whether its with voices, strings, brass, percussion or any combination of these. It was an enlightening, sometimes frustrating experience to go through but I’m a much better improvisor because of it.  Rest in peace, Mr Morris.

Thank you for reading and many thanks for your continued support.  Let’s go out and support each other’s music. Let’s share and gather for reasons other than death or loss because in sadness and in good times – MUSIC IS THE BEST.



Welcome 2013!

Happy New Year Friends,

My best wishes to you and all who are dear to you to have the best year yet and I’m looking forward to get this year off and running.  2012 was an awkward year for me, I mean some amazing things went down such as playing duo with the great Misha Mengelberg, performing with the great Hamid Drake and Dave Burrell and in Montreal for the first time, my teaching practice grew, thanks to my students I became a better teacher and I solidified the next two projects I’m going to release (more on one of those releases later in this post).  But it was also a tough year, climaxed by Hurricane Sandy and the tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut just as the holiday season was in full swing. So many have and are suffering so it feels good to start fresh with hope and a positive destiny.  I’m doing my best to start the year off with a bang.  Lots going on this January including a month long I-BEAM Residency, an appearance on Sara Serpa’s curated vocal festival at Cornelia Street Cafe, the FVE appears at BAMCafe and we also record our third release and follow up to 2009′s The FreeSong Suite at the close of January 2013, set for an autumn 2013 release.  Incredibly excited about that!

Here are the dates and groups for I-BEAM (also check the gig calendar):

Herbie Nichols Sung
8:30 + 9:30 PM
FV -voice, words
Michael Attias – alto + baritone sax
Anthony Coleman – piano
Ratzo Harris – bass
Rudy Roylston – drums
The Fay Victor Ensemble/Ken Filiano’s Quantum Entanglements
Ken Filiano’s Quantum Entanglements
Ken Filiano – bass, compositions
Michael Attias – alto & baritone saxophone
Michael TA Thompson – drums
Tom Hamilton – Electronic Soundscapes
9:30 PM
The Fay Victor Ensemble
FV -voice, compositions
Anders Nilsson – electric guitar, effects
Ken Filiano – double bass, effects
The Fay Victor Ensemble / Hot & Cold
The Fay Victor Ensemble
FV -voice, compositions
Anders Nilsson – electric guitar, effects
Ken Filiano – double bass, effects
9:30 PM
Hot & Cold
Anders Nilsson – guitars
Aaron Duggan – guitar
The Fay Victor Ensemble
8:30PM + 9:30PM
FV -voice, compositions
Anders Nilsson – electric guitar, effects
Ken Filiano – double bass, effects


Alongside this amazing opportunity is an appearance with Herbie Nichols SUNG on Sara Serpa’s curated Vocal Festival at Cornelia Street Cafe on TUESDAY, JANUARY 22, 2013 plus the Fay Victor Ensemble performs at BAMCafe LIVE in FRIDAY, JANUARY 25, 2013!! A wonderful place to perform and a great omen for us as it was the last gig the FVE did before going into the studio to record The FreeSong Suite back in 2008.  It feels good to have that same venue once again right before we record our next release. I end the month with Herbie Nichols SUNG once again, paired back down to a trio at the 55BAR on the last day of the first month of this new year.

Always at this time of the year, I try to reflect on all of the wonderful and gracious people I have as friends and those I come across in my travels that have been supportive of what I do and this year is no different, yet it took me a moment to feel grateful.  As I mentioned earlier in this post, seeing 2012 go felt great to me and I woke up today feeling clear and fresh in a fashion I haven’t felt in some time.  I don’t know why this feeling fills this specific day but it may have something to do with my final performance of 2012 – last week Thursday at the 55BAR. I played blues and standards with a crackpot group to a packed audience that was having a ball.  I realized later that I hadn’t felt that sort of connection with an audience in quite some time either and I want to do more about that.  Make the music I make with the focused agenda of connection no matter how abstract the music may be.  Its been a wonderful journey learning about what I do and say thanks to you all that listen.  I listen.  I feel when the music isn’t working, I trust you to tell the truth, especially in this city.  A big thank you to those who’ve been supportive, loving, caring and honest.

May 2013 be the year you go for the truth in your own lives and may you also love bigger and better than ever before.


September 2012 News

Hey there friends,

Summer wrapping up and I don’t know about you but I’m buckling down for an active Fall, coming out of an active summer! I spoke about July in last month’s post and August was also special, having gigs with the ExPosed Blues DUO and the Fay Victor Ensemble and getting to be an ensemble member in other folks’ happenings such as pianist Thollem McDonas‘ Everywhere Quintet and multi-media artist Jesse Hlebo‘s haunting tome on the US Prison system ”Habit Toward Obedience” (thanks for coming out to all the shows EVERYONE!).  Finally, I taught the New York Jazz Workshop‘s Jazz Vocal Summit for the 3rd year in a row and this time we were not only sold out, it was also a transcendent experience for myself and the participants. I’ll run it next year as well and possibly expand the Summit to FIVE days.

Coming up in September, I start off the month doing a free jazz foray with one of my favorite people Ras Moshe at the Brecht Forum this SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th, part of a full night of music starting at 7PM.  A few days after that, I’m off to Rostov-on-Don, Russia to perform at the Rostov International Jazz Festival with the East/West Big Band (a rare treat for me) plus teach a Master Class for jazz instructors there. Rounding out the month at the 55BAR for the monthly Residency (on the LAST Thursday of every month). THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 27th, I’ll be there with bassist Ratzo Harris and reedist Michael Attias for Herbie Nichols SUNG, our own way through the music of Herbie Nichols. Get all the DEETS for the concerts and more on the Performance section of the FV website.

In other news:

*I’m excited to share that New Braxton House Records just released Anthony Braxton’s Syntactical Ghost Trance Choir with a slew of great vocalists on the first ever all vocal performance of Braxton’s Ghost Trance Music, recorded in 2011 at Roulette!  Learn more and download here. If you’re in town on September 13th, please visit Roulette for Anthony Braxton’s sole performance in New York City for the year.  Please go!

*I’m honored to share that I’ll be part of the legendary trombonist Roswell Rudd’s upcoming release Trombone for Lovers, featured on a track that will include John Medeski!  More news on that soon.

*With September and school in the air, its worth mentioning that I’m available for private lessons and more.  Please get in touch for more info and take a look at the recently updated teaching page on the FV website.

That’s all for now but I’ll be back in touch in early October with more news, gigs and more.

In music!