At Perkins School for the Blind/Boston. Photo by David Gordon
I have heard the news reports of the super chill happening in the midwest and east, but I’m not feeling that on the west coast – it has been hot, hot, HOT here! It’s really lovely, but running the air conditioning in January just seems silly but it’s over 84 degrees inside! Whew!
Had a wonderful birthday – my favorite card was from a hand made card from Junior Blind of America – very sweet for them to send a card to “Miss Lisa”. I enjoyed family visiting and also a great dinner out in downtown Los Angeles at cool spot Church & State. Then off to NYC for the Jazz Connect, Winter Jazz Fest and APAP convention. It was fun to see so many friends and of course tons of music. I really enjoyed my favorite sax man, JD Allen playing with a great drummer, Jaimeo Brown guitarist Chris Sholar – very interesting project at Zinc Bar. Had my own performance at Steinway Hall, and then caught pianist Fred Hersch with guitarist phenom, Julian Lage right after me. Steinway Hall is such a beautiful and historic building with a domed main floor -it is a treat just being there. Had time to squeeze in MOMA, and a nice dinner at Catch NY trying out Top Chef winner Hung Huynh’s signature scallops and cauliflower dish – yummy!
It was great to find out that “American Impressions” is a qualifier for the ZMR awards for 3 categories: Album of the Year, Best Instrumental/Piano, and Best Contemporary Instrumental. How nice! Please keep me in mind when if you are a voter!
Of course most of my time right now is going into creating new music for a new recording hopefully out in April of this year. It is always a lot of work, yet really my favorite thing to do. Please send good wishes our way. 🙂 I will be debuting/previewing some of the new music this Sunday, Jan 27th at Vibrato Jazz Grill in West Los Angeles: http://www.vibratogrilljazz.com/calendar/index.php . This club, created by Herb Alpert, is very beautiful and well laid out for an intimate evening of music and dinner if you choose. I know it’s not happening until spring, but you might want to plan ahead to go to the recently opened, The Smith Center in Las Vegas: http://www.thesmithcenter.com/events/dates/2013-05-17/ I have heard that this is an amazing new performance venue, so I’m excited to be there Friday and Saturday May 17 & 18 with my trio. If you haven’t been to Vegas for while it might be fun to plan ahead and see the new venue, see other shows and just check out what’s new.
Take care and hope the winter weather gets better!