Happy Halloween which with all that is happening around us, seems the most benign of holidays as the horrors around us are real. Difficult to feel inspired and positive some days yet being creative continues to feed a sense of solidarity and community and a place to release what I’m feeling in a way an audience can hear it. I’m back a few days from the West Coast – first at Earshot Jazz Festival & Cornish School for the Arts and then in residency at University of California at Irvine. Throughout performance, talks and instruction I kept informing as much as I could about freedom from within, expansive thinking and taking social responsibility in these times. Not everybody has a comment to make or cares to but if you have something to share, then do so – because we all need to hear it. No matter how strong my words were, the feedback that came my way from the audience was they needed to hear these thoughts, they needed to know that their thoughts and feelings are not alone out here. Be brave and do it!
As November approaches and the midterm elections are upon us do your civic duty and vote. I’m voting early as I’m out of town on Election Day. We need to turn this around. To that end – here is a Video I made called Sleep On It, mainly about Brett Kavanaugh but…well check it out here. The Pacific Ocean was the inspiration for the video too.
Some good news: SoundNoiseFUNK’s Wet Robots is up for grammy consideration in the Best Jazz Vocal Album Category! If you’re a NARAS member, please consider voting and/or spreading the word. Special thanks to the spectacular cellist Tomeka Reid for spearheading the push to get more creative music on the Grammys. This wouldn’t have happened without her nudge and work. Here’s a link to the album via band camp – thank you!
Some very special news: I’m honored to curate a four day celebration for the life of pianist/composer Herbie Nichols Centennial at the Stone in January 2019. Herbie Nichols would have been 100 years old on January 3 2019 and I can’t wait for this special presentation of his music which includes the Jazz Composers Collective, my Herbie Nichols SUNG project, an evening of Solo Recitations and Roswell Rudd’s Trombone Tribe playing mainly Herbie Nichols compositions I want this to be a great festival and also document each night for future jazz fans in general and Nichols’ fans in particular to have access to. To that end, I’m asking for a little help and started a GoFundMe Page. Please take a look and give what you can. I thank you in advance for your support.
On the Road in November 2018
NOV 6 – Romaeuropa Festival w Daniele del Monaco & Marc Ribot (Rome, Italy) + Recording
NOV 20 – Krakow Jazz Autumn w ReddeeR – (Krakow, Poland)
NOV 29 – 55BAR w Herbie Nichols SUNG, NY NY
Coming UP in December 2018
DEC 19 – Arete – DUO with Val-Inc!! Double Bill w Gabriel Zucker CD Release (Brooklyn, NY)
DEC 21 – Greater Calvary Baptist Church w SoundNoiseFUNK (NY, NY)
DEC 27 – 55BAR w Old Songs, New Skin (NY, NY)
Full details on the performance page of the FV website.
Thanks for reading,