Had a great time performing up in Victoria, BC, with saxophonist Phil Dwyer and bassist Sean Drabbit. Sean and I played together (maybe?) 18 years ago in Brooklyn, NY, and it was great to reconnect. This was the first time I got to play with Phil Dwyer.
Hermann’s is Canada’s longest continually-run jazz club … a real treat to play there. I remember listening to Jim Wilke’s Jazz Northwest program when I first started playing jazz and he would run through all the gigs in the Pacific Northwest including Victoria and who was playing at Hermann’s. Glad I got a chance to play there, especially in these uncertain times where rising real estate prices are pushing jazz clubs out of the city centers.
Plus the ride up and back from Victoria was exciting! (see below)
I’m excited to announce that I’ve been asked to do some original music and sound design for a production of Proof by Strawberry Theater Workshop.
For the past few years I’ve participated in the Charlie Brown Christmas Show at the Seattle Center as a member of Jose “Juicy” Gonzales Trio. That show is a benefit for Strawberry Theater Workshop and in talking to director Greg Carter the opportunity to work on a different musical environment presented itself.
The show opens January 19th at 12th Avenue Arts in Seattle and runs through February 18.
Looking forward to working on setting the show … once I get back from NYC of course … you can buy tickets and learn more here.
Listen to a preview:
Tune into KNKX 88.5 on Christmas Day, 3:00 – 6:00PM (West Coast Time) for the 1st annual Origin Records Holiday Special!
KNKX is letting me host the show! … I’ll be presenting cuts from some of Origin Records holiday releases of the past 20 years.
For those not in the Pacific Northwest you can listen online at www.knkx.org… HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Last year I played drums on this track. Now the ad is out:
My group Chamber 3, with my friends from Germany (Christian Eckert – guitar, Steffen Weber – sax) and Phil Sparks, will be performing a series of dates in late-July/early-August.
Hope to see you there.
Thursday, July 28: Triple Door Musicquarium, 9:00pm
216 Union Street, Seattle, 206-838-4333
Friday, July 29: Bellevue 6th Street Fair, 10:30am – Noon
NE 6th Street and 106th Avenue NE, Downtown Bellevue
Friday, July 29: The Latona Pub, 5:00pm
6423 Latona Ave NE, Seattle
Saturday, July 30: Scotch and Vine, 8:00pm
Chamber 3 performing with Jose Gonzales
22341 Marine View Dr S, Des Moines, WA
August 1 – 2: Studio Recording
Wednesday, August 3: Ted Brown Music, 6:00pm
6228 Tacoma Mall Blvd, Tacoma, WA 98409
Thursday, August 4: Piccola Cellars, 7:30pm
112 West 2nd Street, North Bend, WA 98045
Friday, August 5: Edison City Ale House, 8:00pm
Chamber 3 performing with Kareem Kandi
5602 S Lawrence St, Tacoma, WA
Saturday, August 6: Tula’s Jazz Club, 7:30pm
2214 Second Avenue, Seattle, WA
I had a blast performing for two nights with guitar Mike Stern … first we did the headlining concert at the 2016 Ballard Jazz Festival then we headed up for a Sunday matinee performance in Bellingham. I was definitely a “bucket-list” gig for me having seen Mike Stern perform at the 55 Bar in NYC when I visited in the Summer of 1991.
Check out the Music Calendar for more up-coming shows!
Got back from a short tour with Danny Newcomb and the Sugarmakers and then did a quick morning show spot on KING 5’s New Day Northwest.
I’ve had the pleasure of doing a couple of commercial spots recently … one of which is currently on the air for the Olive Garden. I think the drums really make this spot work …
After the new year I’ll be headed to Germany for a 10 day tour with my bandmates in Chamber 3.
Our new CD, Grassroots, will be released on OA2 Records on January 20th.
More more information, visit http://chamber3.net
UP-COMING CHAMBER 3 TOUR DATES:
9 January: Birdland ’59, Ettlingen
10 January: House Concert
11 January: Jazzkeller, Frankfurt
12 January: Radio Interview, Mannheim
13 January: Klapsmuhl IG-Jazz, Mannheim
14 January: TBA, Baden Baden
15 January: Jazzkeller, Frankfurt
16 January: Salon de Jazz, Koln
18 January: Aubergine, Neckargemünd
Over the past few years a number of my tunes have been featured as bumper-music (short music interludes between stories) on NPR’s Morning Edition.
My wife came home last week and told me she heard a couple of my tunes while driving in the car that day. Upon further investigation, turns about I’ve had a number of plays this year … mainly after sobering stories about Iran and Afghanistan.