Happy Fall!


At the Rose Cafe in Venice, California

Hi there!

Fall has arrived quickly here in California. No fall foliage around to measure the season, but the quality of light changes – the low angle of the sun creates a silver sheen on the ocean clearly visible while driving along Pacific Coast Highway. The water is so bright and shiny it sparkles like diamonds at certain times of the day. Fall is quieter here too, and for me that is a good thing. I am composing new music, preparing for my next recording session for our 2014 release, and working to get the new music ready to debut this month in Chicago – Oct 21st at the Green Mill (the best jazz venue in Cook County I’m told). It should be fun, so please consider coming by. It starts at 6pm, and the performance will benefit The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who are Blind or Visually Impaired – here’s the invite. Don’t live in Chicago? What’s the problem? The Lighthouse was contacted by fans in Switzerland coming in for the event! Why not? Chicago is a fun city! It should be a great evening for a wonderful cause. Chicago vocalist Nikki George will also perform, and I have helped to bring in a SUPER talented young trumpeter from Berklee College of Music who is blind, who will play as well. (Berklee began a program to assist students who are visually impaired several years ago, and Wayne Pearce is one of their graduates.) Please come if you can, or tell your friends about it!

What about the NYC show? I was scheduled to perform at Dizzy’s/NYC this month, but the date just did not work for my band. I’m sorry. It was difficult to let that go, but Dizzy’s is a wonderful club and I want to perform there when it will also work for my band. Hopefully I’ll have a new date soon. Speaking of which… I am working now at setting up tours for next spring and summer. If you have any favorite venue you’d like to see us at, please let me know, ok?

How’s your Italian? We got this nice review from All About Jazz Italy. My favorite parts (that I can understand): “Un gioioso, solido swing” and “eleganza, lirismo e ritmicità.”

Is it ok to talk about my new music… again? I’m thrilled with what is coming out. I am always thankfulthankfulthankful with anything that erupts from my piano, but these new tunes are really fun, and full, and rich. It feels good, after 15 years, not to be a beginner any more. Things do get easier, and any natural talents are always aided by experience. At a time when YouTube is querying “What’s your sound?” I feel that maybe I’ve found a sound for me. The world knows I love to compose, but this time around, it feels even better. I can’t wait to share it all with you! (Hopefully early 2014.)

Wishing you a truly wonderful fall and a Happy Halloween (soon).