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,