WELCOME AND THANKS FOR VISITING!
A lot of things have been going on since my last update...
"Post-Deconstruction Redux" is now available exclusively on Bandcamp. It's something from the archives that I'd been intending to release for years now… Back in 1999 my trio (with Steve Zerlin and Leland Nakamura) teamed up with italian trombonist Giancarlo Schiaffini. The result was "Deconstruction!", recorded live at State of the Union and released on the Pentaflowers label. The following year we met up again, this time augmenting the lineup with saxophonist Jesse Meman and a second bassist, Vattel Cherry. We recorded two nights at the legendary One Step Down and released "Post -Deconstruction" on Cadence Jazz Records in 2002. Whlie I was very happy with that CD, I always felt that there was at least as much good material that Cadence passed over. "...Redux" features those performances. Many thanks to my friend and neighbor Julia Bloom for the image of her beautiful sculpture that graces the cover!
NEW RECORDING / UPCOMING RELEASE:
"Chord Lines/In the Groove" is a newly recorded organ quartet album featuring Mark Stanley (guitar), Greg Hatza (organ) and Leland Nakamura (drums). This was a fun record to make! Recorded "live" in the hangar of Davis Airport outside of DC, I was finally able to scratch a long-time itch and record an arrangement of one of my favorite Blue Öyster Cult songs (yes, I am I life-long fan!). The album will also include arrangements of tunes by Chris Cornell, Barry Manilow, Michael & Janet Jackson, plus a couple of my own. I'm just beginning the mixing process (attempting to do it all myself at home) and hope to have it ready for release before the end of the year. Stay tuned...
In June I recorded with guitarist Josh Bayer for his new album "Feng Shwing". I'll be in good company along with fellow saxophonist Paul Carr, organist Todd Simon, and drummer Harold Summey. The CD will feature all original compositions by Josh which are very cool tunes and fun to blow on, too! The mixes sound great and I'm really looking forward to it being released sometime this fall...
I'm proud to be on guitarist Mark Stanley's recent release "Dark Brain" along with Scott Ambush (bass, Spyro Gyra), Jean Paul Gaster (drums, Clutch), Oz Noy (guitar), Dave DeMarco (keys), and production by Mark Smoot. This album is full of beautiful writing and guitar work by Mark, featuring a bunch of cool grooves, some psychedelia, and an awesome cover of the Kraftwerk tune "The Model." Click on the album cover below to visit Mark's Bandcamp page and buy this record!
The Jazz Cave is open for business! I have limited space for new students in my home teaching studio where I offer private lessons in saxophone, improvisation, theory and composition. Please contact me for info on rates and availability.
I have joined the music faculty at the Lowell School here in DC where I'll be coaching after-school Pop and Jazz Bands in addition to offering private lessons on Wenesday afternoons. You don't have to be a Lowell student to get lessons there. For details click here.
I rejoined the staff at Middle C Music here in DC this spring, teaching private lessons on saxophone, beginner woodwinds and piano. I also hope to be running a jazz theory class and an adult student combo there this fall. Click the above link for details.
This fall will start my 21st year teaching at the George Washington University, although in a slightly diminished capacity. Massive budget cuts to the Music Department (and arts in general) have cut back our offerings, but hopefully the department will bounce back over the next several years… You can read about it here.
My "chordless" trio and quintet recordings from the '90s, "Third Attention" and "You St.", are now available to download on Bandcamp, CD Baby and iTunes. Bandcamp is the best deal, only $7 for the full album of CD-quality .WAV files. For smaller, cheaper, lower-quality mp3 files, go to iTunes.
The fall calendar is starting to shape up. Please visit my calendar page for details.
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.