This is a performance shot from my recent tour. It’s been a lot of fun, and I’ve met a lot of great people too. Tomorrow though, I leave for a FUN trip as a FAN to the Newport Jazz Festival in Rhode Island. I went last year for the first time. It’s quite a trek from Malibu, CA: a plane, car and boat trip is what is entailed, but it was worth it. For me, the performances are like a wish list of artists I’m interested in seeing, and you get to spend the day outside watching boats float by on the water as well. It’s really well worth the trip and expense to get there – really my treat for the year. My bassist, Larry Grenadier is playing with his band Fly and my sax player, JD Allen is playing with his trio there, so there will be plenty of familiar faces. If you go, please come up and say “hi” if you see me.
I still have a few more tour dates upcoming: August 31 in Hollywood, CA with JD Allen, Rudy Royston and Gregg August, Sept 30 I’m at Buddy Guy’s in Chicago, Oct 1 & 2 Catawba Island Club in Port Clinton, LH and the Oct 23 in Dover Delaware at the Schwartz Center for the Arts. Please come by a performance if you can. I’ll also be giving a talk in Agoura Hills, Sept 11, 2010 at 10:30 am on “Composing, Arranging and Finding your Musical Voice”. More info is on my website under tour dates.
“Nuance” my recent solo piano CD is doing very well, and I thank radio as well as my fans for your support. A pleasant suprise: last summers’ “Twilight & Blues” CD is STILL doing well – that is wonderful! Thank you! Besides traveling and performing, I am composing for another release with the band for next spring/summer. Please with me luck!
I hope your summer is going well – it’s been very cool in California this year – I look forward to sun in Rhode Island!