I will be giving a workshop with the students of Rocky Mountain College in Billings Montana on March 14th at 2pm. This event is free and open to the public.
I’m proud to announce that I will be joining the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul as a guest artist during their Winter Academy this February. This will be my first trip to the region, and I am honored to be joining such a talented faculty and hard working students for this event.
I will be bringing some new music to Cornelia Street next month on January 20th. John Raymond will lead his “Roots” Trio for the first set, after which my new quartet is on for the second set. I will be joined by Andrew Gould on sax, Or Bareket on bass, and Austin Walker on drums. Starting at 8pm, with a $10 cover and $10 minimum.
The 2014 Thelonious Monk Trumpet Competition has finished, and the winner is the incredible young player Marquis Hill from Chicago, with Billy Buss in second place and Adam O’Farrill in third. The entire lineup of young players competing this year was stellar, and I encourage you to head over to youtube and check out all of the performances here.
Big thanks to Christopher Cooke at KIOS FM in Omaha Nebraska for his review of Rubicon.
What an interesting month it has been!
Now that Rubicon has been released and is out in the world, I have turned my attention to a new project, working on music for a larger ensemble than any of my previous recordings. More about that soon!
I was also happy to join the Bone Chimes this month in recording their next single. Sounds great!
Finally, check out the new release by Avishai Cohen, Dark Nights. It’s fantastic.
I am very happy to announce that my trio will present a night of music at the Cornelia Street Cafe on September 30th to celebrate the release of Rubicon. Starting at 8:30pm, both Aidan Carroll and Jared Schonig will be joining me for a fantastic night of music from the new album. Cover is $20 for the evening and includes a drink ticket worth $10 at the bar. I hope you will be able to join us!
Coming up in the month of July I’ll be joining the David White Jazz Orchestra, fresh off the release of our new recording “The Chase” for two shows:
Wednesday, July 9th, 1pm
St. Peter’s Church: Midtown Jazz at Midday Series
619 Lexington Ave. @ 54th Street
$10 suggested donation
Monday, July 28th, 8:30pm
Tea Lounge: Size Matters Series
837 Union Street, Brooklyn
$5 suggested donation
Mid-July I will be joining The Bone Chimes for a free show:
Wednesday, July 16th, 8pm
158 Ludlow Street
Very happy to announce that my Kickstarter-funded trio recording is now available! Head over to the Listen page to find the link to my site on Bandcamp where you can purchase the tracks or album.
Alternatively, you can also find this recording on iTunes here
Titled “Rubicon”, it showcases five of my original compositions written for a trio setting.
Special thanks to graphic designer Kyle Walters for the album artwork.
A huge thanks to all my new kickstarter backers that helped fund my project through kickstarter. As of this afternoon the project has been successfully funded! I look forward to getting my new recording project off the ground.
Today I launched a fundraising campaign via Kickstarter for my upcoming trio recording. If you’d like to help out with a contribution, click here.
I will be joining the Bone Chimes for a show at Arlene’s Grocery on August 7th, opening up for The Dirty Pearls. Tickets here.
I’ll be joining the Saunders Sermons band for the late night series at the Blue Note on Saturday June 29th at midnight. You can get tickets here.
I’m happy to announce a new project coming later this summer with two fantastic musicians; Bassist Aidan Carroll and Drummer Jared Schonig will join me to record new music I’ve been working on for a trio setting. Writing music specifically for this instrumentation is an idea which has been kicking around in my head since I went into the studio to record “Intrinsic”. When I firm up the details about how you can become a supporter of this new project, I will post them here.
I was asked to perform part of Handel’s “Messiah” for Easter service at a local church, including the very challenging Bass Aria referenced above. Preparing for this performance gave me a chance to reflect on how much the role of the trumpet has changed since Handel composed this work back in 1741. The valved trumpet was still nearly a hundred years away, yet Handel gives the trumpet a very exposed, lyrical role. This Oratorio is a beautiful work, and I encourage you to give the entire composition a listen. There is a fantastic recording by the London Symphony that you can listen to here.