I had the great pleasure of meeting and working with Darcie Pickering - music teacher an orchestra director at Pearl River High School - in January. She took on the idea of teaching music by ear and presented this amazing example at her spring concert. Please enjoy "A Flat" by Black Violin played by the PRHS Orchestra. It starts at 1:24:10.
I'm honored be be playing with the amazing Klezmer fusion band - Klezperanto at the Boston Synagogue on Wednesday, April 26. I'll be taking the rhythm guitar/banjo chair. Playing with this band is a fun and fantastic way to flex my comping muscles. Hope to see you there.
The Jazz Composers Alliance newest release - is out
Live at the BPC
The recording features two of my pieces, Romanople and Super I's/Private Heroes.
Romanople was inspired by the time during the Roman Empire when there were two capitals - one in Constantinople and one in Rome.
Super I's/Private Heroes is an homage to the genre.
Here's what the critics are saying:
"...music that bursts with complex ideas...one of the finest jazz ensembles in the country." - All About Jazz
"...a soundtrack-worthy nod to spy thrillers and superhero flicks, brimming with excitement and suspense." - Downbeat
"...music that sets out to offer challenge without alienation." - Jazz Journal
From our fans:
Mimi Rabson said; “Put the Stratocaster, Gibson and Rickenbacker back in their cases. Pack-up the DW Drum-Kit. Tell the Horn Section to take 5. A Keyboard? Not today! Enlighten the singers that silence is golden. Okay! Now, get me those Violins and Cellos…we’ve got some Rock & Roll to play!!”
“There is so much joy in the room!"
I'm delighted to announce that
Berklee's Really Eclectic Orchestra is going live again in the fall!! (2022)
Please click on the link below for dates.
BREO did a phenomenal job getting through the pandemic. One benefit of BREO online was the ability to have players from all over the country. I'm hopeful that the BREO model will sprout up in other places.
Here is some publicity about BREO and a link to our rendition of Miserlou.
Five Week will be live again in the summer of 2022.
Here's some of what happened at Five Week in 2019. What a pleasure to work with such wonderful, responsive and creative musicians.