Heating up August 2012

Happy August everyONE,

I’m sailing into this month in a good mood. A busy month ahead including teaching a 4-day Jazz Vocal Intensive through the New York Jazz Workshop, a number of nice gigs around town and for the first time in a while I’m able to present all of my woking groups the same month.  The Fay Victor Ensemble, The ExPosed Blues DUO and Herbe Nichols/Jazz Vault project are all playing in NYC, closing out the month performing with esteemed pianist Thollem McDonas as part of his Everywhere quintet.

Before getting into the details of August, I want to give a BIG THANK YOU to all that came out and participated in my Birthday Hang at the 55BAR on JULY 26th.  That was one of the most special gigs I’ve ever been a part of plus one of my best birthdays ever, plus a kick off like no other for my monthly residency at the 55BAR (the 4th Thursday of every month – next date August 23rd).  So many great friends came out and the musicians I asked to play with me on the evening were sublime. Thank you too for checking out the Fay Victor Ensemble at Cornelia Street Cafe on the Voxify Series on JULY 31st! That was such a fun gig and there’s nothing like hearing the sound of the audience laughing with you and the music.

First up Anders Nilsson and I pull out our ExPosed Blues DUO (EPD) bag for a set at the old Zinc Bar now called Zir Zamin on WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 8TH along with Jonathan Wood Vincent and others.  We play ONE SET at 9PM,  last month The EPD were LIVE on WFMU courtesy of Kurt Gottshalk and his wonderful weekly show called Miniature Minotaurs doing a bit of Mingus, Rev. Gary Davis, Lonnie Johnson and more. Check out the link to the archive right here.

The monthly residency continues at the 55BAR on THURSDAY, AUGUST 23rd with Herbie Nichols SUNG – a new project focused solely on the compostions of Herbie Nichols sung with many of my own lyrics.  We’re there for the Early Set, starting at 7PM.  Finally on the gig list, I’m excited to join pianist Thollem McDonas as part of his Everywhere Quintet at Spectrum Loft Space on SUNDAY, AUGUST 25 2012.  More details on that, soon come.

Last but not least and for the third year in a row, I’ll run the 4-day Jazz Vocal Summit as part of the New York Jazz Vocal Workshop‘s Summer Intensives starting on WEDNESDAY AUGUST 9th! I’m looking forward to being open, sharing and exploring this music and their voices.

Thank you so much for stopping by and reading this post…here’s hoping all is well with you!

Happy halfway summer,