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I'll be returning to the Back Porch Cafe this October with my organ trio for the Rehoboth Jazz Fest weekend. This year we will be there Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights, 10/17-19. It's a great space with a fantastic menu and we always love playing there. Come out and make a weekend of it!

The Forward Jazz Collective is getting out and playing a few gigs this fall. We'll be at the Let There Be Jazz salon series at St. Luke's Episcopal Church on the 20th of this month and at HR-57 next month. See my calendar page for more details. Also, we are still looking for a new venue to host our Jazz Composer's Sessions. Stay tuned...

The Pierce, Putter & Rumble CD is finally here! This ia a free-improvising collaboration with my GWU faculty mates Jim Levy (piano) and Steve Hilmy (electronics). Completely unscripted and unrehearsed. The CD features live recordings from 2006-8 and will be available for download on CD Baby. For a preview, a trippy video Jim made of the first track is here.

Some exciting gigs coming up this month! On 4/9 I'll be joining Origem at Lisner Auditorium for the Latin Jazz JAM featuring master percussionists Giovanni Hidalgo and Horacio (el Negro) Hernandez. And on 4/30 I'll be bringing my quartet to the beautiful Bethesda Blues and Jazz Supper Club. This is a fantastic new venue for the DC area and like all new clubs, it needs your support! Visit my calendar page for links to more info and tickets. Lots of other new dates added with more on the way, so please check back often.

I'm excited to be playing with legendary guitarist Gene Bertoncini on March 9 in my old boyhood stomping grounds of Reston, VA. This gig will also feature bassist Mykle Lyons and drummer Harold Summey. Should be a blast! For more info and a flier, please visit my calendar page

On March 4, the third installment of the Jazz Composer's Session will be hosted by the Forward Jazz Collective at HR-57 in DC. More info on the session and how to participate can be found at www.forwardjazz.org

I've just been added to the the schedule for the Mid Atlantic Jazz Festival in Rockville with the Greg Hatza Organ Trio. This year's festival is a celebration of organ jazz and will feature Dr. Lonnie Smith, Joey DeFrancesco and a host of other great national and local talent. We'l be in the Atrium on Saturday 2/16 at 8pm. B3 or B square!

Thanks to Leland Nakamura for the new pic at left, taken during our stint at the Back Porch Cafe for the Rehoboth Jazz Fest last fall. Shiny head and horn!

I'm very pleased to be part of the newly formed Forward Jazz Collective, a group dedicated furthering this great art form through the creation and sharing of new, original jazz compositions. We will be hosting a Jazz Composer's Session the first Monday of every month at HR-57, where people are invited to bring lead sheets to their original tunes and sit in. For more info, check us out at www.forwardjazz.org

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