Summer’s over, but I know there’s still some late warm weather for a lot of us, so that’s always nice. Here’s a photo from my Hollywood gig a couple weeks ago. It was a great time – I was joined by my favorite tenor sax, J.D. Allen, Gregg August on bass and Rudy Royston on drums. Lots and lots of fun! I will be in Chicago next week, Sept. 30 at Buddy Guy’s Legends – please come out if you can. It is a solo piano show that will benefit The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired. It’s a wonderful organization, that has a broad reach helping those with vision impairment everywhere. After that I’ll be in Port Clinton Ohio on Oct 1 & 2, and winding up my tour in Dover, Delaware Oct 23. I hope to see you if you can make one of those last tour dates. Going out for jazz is always a nice evening!
“Nuance” has done really well at radio – over 200 stations are playing that CD, and it is currently #3 on one radio chart. That’s great, but a nicer surprise is that “Twilight & Blues” is also doing well from last year and still appearing on radio charts! Big smiles all around for that – thank you to radio and my fans for listening!
Besides touring this summer, I had a fun at the JazzWeek Summit in Rochester, NY, a family trip to Europe where I got to go to the NorthSea Jazz Festival in July, and then my FAVORITE time is always the Newport Jazz Festival – a real trek to get there from California, (a plane, car and boat ride), but such a wonderful music festival. Now I’m composing – I just love composing! Lots of new music coming out for next year. Stay tuned.
If you get a chance, pick up the book, “The New Face of Jazz: An Intimate Look at Today’s Legends and Artists of Tomorrow” (Random House/2010) by Cicily Janus. It’s a really great book – not because they included me – but because it gives a really accurate rendering of the passion and personality that you find in a jazz musician. It’s inspiring and fun to read about great musicians too. Check it out.