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!