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"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!

 "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!

Dark Brain

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.


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!


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.

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'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

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


I'm excited to be a part of the Rehoboth Jazz Fest weekend for the third year in a row. As in previous years, I'll be bringing the organ trio with Greg Hatza and Leland Nakamura to the wonderful Back Porch Cafe. A few other nice gigs are popping up so, keep checking my calendar page for updates.

GWU is back in session, which means that the Friday afternoon jam sessions are in full swing! If you are in the DC area, stop by and sit in with or listen to the GW Jazz Faculty Group and students, every Friday of the semester from noon to 2 p.m. Directions to the GW Music Department are here.

I've added a new SCM Music Player to this page that plays continuously, so no more starts and stops as you switch pages!

Back in April, the Trio with Leland Nakamura and Steve Zerlin played at the Meet The Artist Series at Center Stage in Reston, VA, our first gig in many years. It was a blast and brought back many good memories of all the weekly sessions in the '90s at State of the Union, One Step Down and Bohemian Caverns. I hope to get us to record some new stuff over the summer… Stay tuned. Watch some of the performance on my video page.

For those of you heading out to the Delaware beaches this Memorial Day weekend, I'll be at the Back Porch Cafe this Friday the 25th with my organ trio featuring Greg Hatza and Leland Nakamura. The food is excellent, and the crowd is always great. Hope to see you there!

Lots of nice gigs are on the books for this spring and summer, including the Berks Jazz Festival with Greg Hatza, and the Marthas Vineyard Jazz Festival with Larry Brown. Many more local dates are being added, so please check my calendar page for updates.

I've now got a bunch performance videos up on my you tube channel, including some from a very recent gig at HR-57 here in DC, and an entire night's worth of clips from a Greg Hatza hit at the old New Haven Lounge in Baltimore. This is mostly warts-and-all stuff with no editing. I hope you enjoy it and feel inclined to subscribe to my channel!

Coming up in April is the 18th annual GW Jazz Fest which features the student jazz ensembles of the George Washington University where I've taught for the last 17 years. This year the groups will be performing at DC venues HR-57Busboys and Poets, and Twins Jazz. There will be aditional events on campus and the Big Band will also partake in the annual Duke Ellington Birthday Concert in Ellington Park.



Jazz writer and critic Scott Yanow has written a fine review of Organic Matter. You can read it here. Also, Robert Sutton has posted a couple of nice reviews at and

I've recently been back into the studio with Origem, the amazing brazilian jazz outfit led by brothers Leo and Alejandro Lucini. This recording also features two great pianists: Federico Pena (Marcus Miller band) and Alex Brown (Paquito D' Rivera).

The Pierce, Putter and Rumble CD is finally being prepared for release. These are live recordings of free-improvised music with my GWU colleagues Jim Levy on piano and Steve Hilmy on electronics. Please go to my video page to see a clip of "l'impusion outré" recorded at the Electric Possible concert series.

Now available for free exclusively on this site is Live In Lima, recorded in August '08 at the Jazz Zone club in Lima, Peru. I had the wonderful opportunity to play with the amazing musicians heard here, visit breathtaking (literally) Cusco and the Sacred Valley, and experience firsthand the incredible food (Ceviche! Lomo saltado! Cuy!) and people of a remarkable culture. To see a photo album of this trip on my facebook page, click here.

I'm pleased to announce that Organic Matter  won the Washington Area Music Award (Wammie) for "best jazz recording" of 2009. This CD features some truly great playing by Greg Hatza, Mike Pavone and Marty Morrison on eight of my original tunes. I'm very proud of this project and hope you'll check it out. Click here for more info.

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