Live Broadcast and Album Release Show
Sunday, JUNE 17, 2018 - LACMA Live Broadcast - 88.1FM or www.jazzandblues.org
Saturday, JULY 7, 2018 - BLUE WHALE - FRAMES Release Show
I'm incredibly excited to release this new recording. I wasn't expecting to make a new record this year, but I wanted to demo some new material I've been writing and, well this is the story...
Since the beginning of this year, I've been performing on a monthly basis at TR!P in Santa Monica. It's been a great experience. It's a nice sounding room and a proper performance space with stage, lighting, sound guy, and seating. The audience has been building steadily, and they are really enjoying the shows that I've been putting on there. It's essentially been an incubator for new material and different types of groups. Although I love changing it up all the time, I've decided to stick with the same instrumentation and personnel the past four or five shows. The group consists of my longest standing friend in LA, John Tegmeyer on clarinet, alto sax phenom Danny Janklow, with whom I've been collaborating a lot over the past couple of years, two young and very talented musicians Adam Ratner on guitar, and Mike Ragonese on keys, Cooper Appelt on bass, who also engineered the recording, James Yoshizawa on drums, and Scott Breadman and Pete Korpela on percussion.
The material that I've selected for this band to play is a combination of new and old, mostly new, and features a lot of open sections where the band can really dig deep into some grooves, as well as lush, flowing melodies, and rich harmony, which allow for a myriad of varying orchestration textures, hence the need for so many instruments and players on stage.
On Friday June, 1st the full 9-piece band performed at the Friday Night Free Jazz Series at LACMA (LA County Museum of Art), and it was a huge success. The band played so well, morale and camaraderie were at an all time, and the audience was 100% engaged. If you're interested in hearing the show, go to 88.1FM or log on to the KJazz website - www.jazzandblues.org - this Sunday, June 17, at 7pm SWT, and tune in to hear the show broadcast,
RELEASE SHOW: Make sure to mark down July 7th, 2018 in your calendar as we'll be taking the stage at the Blue Whale in Downtown LA to release the new CD, Frames.