Maryland Summer Jazz begins on July 22! I'm thrilled to be on the camp faculty this year along with Jimmy Haslip, Helen Sung, Marty Morrison, Kenny Rittenhouse, Jim McFalls, Donato Soviero and Jeff Antoniuk. We'll be giving a student and faculty concert on July 25th at St. Mark Presbyterian Curch in Rockville. Click the above link or see my calendar page for details.
It's been a busy spring with all things GW… We're gearing up for our 20th annual GW Jazz Festival this coming weekend 4/25 26 at the Betts Theater in the GW Marvin Center. The student groups are sounding fantastic and we'll have alumni joining us throughout. The whole thing wraps up Saturday night the 26th with the first annual Alumni All-Star Jam! See my calendar page for poster, links and details.
I'm pleased to announce that I'll be joining the faculty for this year's Maryland Summer Jazz camp, July 22 - 25 in Rockville, MD. The camp is geard towards adult students of all levels and consists of workshops, jams and concerts. MSJ is regarded as one of the finest programs of it's kind in the country. It will be a privilege to be among such an outstanding faculty: Jimmy Haslip, Marty Morrison, Kenny Rittenhouse, Jim McFalls, Helen Sung, Donato Soviero and Jeff Antoniuk. I'm really looking forward to it!
Pretending to have extra time on my hands, I had some fun with iMovie and made a video for my tune You St., from my old quintet's live CD of the same name. You can see it on my video page.
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.
Thanks again for stopping by. Please check back often for updates on performances, recordings, teaching and other activities. I hope you will feel free to contact me with any comments, suggestions, or just to say hello.