"The Elephant Vanishes" is available!

It's been a crazy time, but the recording was released on Friday April 19 and is available where ever you like to buy or stream music, for a quick link, click here.  The CD release party will be in New York city on Wednesday May 8 at Nublu classic, 62 Avenue C.  One hour set at 8:30pm.  The original band will be there and it should be a good time!

Stay tuned for more exciting developments.  A tour is scheduled for the fall.

"The Elephant Vanishes" CD Release Party on Wed. May 8 at Nublu

CD release party for "The Elephant Vanishes" is this Wednesday May 8 at 8:30pm.  At Nublu Classic on Avenue C in NY and NOT at Shapeshifter as was originally planned. The original lineup will be there with: Jason Rigby (sax), Mike Baggetta (guitar), Art Hirahara (piano), Mark Micklethwaite (drums) and myself on bass.  One set only so be sure to arrive on time.  I look forward to meeting some of you visit my site there!

Gigs, reviews, articles and things 

Hi everyone,

It's been a while but lots of things are happening here.  Also, gigs are coming up in Massachusetts and Florida so please out the information there.  Upcoming reviews for my CD "The Elephant Vanishes" and my book "The Jazz Rhythm Section" will be posted soon. I have a few articles coming out this fall including one on the jazz rhythm section for Massachusetts Music Educators Journal and my article on Charlie Haden entitled "As Long as There’s Music: Spirituality in Charlie Haden’s performance and solo on “Irene”" in the upcoming issue of Jazz Perspectives.  

"The Jazz Rhythm Section" available on April 1 

Hi everyone,

It's busy here with a recording and a new book coming out in April! The book, "The Jazz Rhythm Section", is published by the National Association for Music Education in conjunction with Rowman and Littlefield.  It's a manual for band directors while I talk about how to rehearse the rhythm section, the book includes chapters on each of the main rhythm section instruments: bass, drums, piano, and guitar. I talk about equipment issues and performance practice including walking bass lines, drum fills, comping, etc. While this book was written for jazz directors with little to no experience with jazz, even more seasoned jazz directors will benefit from this book.  Available for pre-order at Amazon, click here.

Wednesday May 8: CD Release show 

Ok, the CD release show for The Elephant Vanishes is set for Wednesday May 8, 7pm at the Shapeshifter Lab in Brooklyn.  One set.  Come by!

April 19 CD Release date 

Very excited to announce that my new recording The Elephant Vanishes: Jazz Interpretations of the Short Stories of Haruki Murakami will be available April 19, 2019.  Videos from the recording session can be seen on the video page.  

New Website! 

Hello and welcome to my new website!

I am very excited that you are here and I hope that you stick around to listen to my music and to see what I'm about.  I will be updating my website regularly through 2019 as I am planning events around two major releases. 

The first is my first book entitled "The Jazz Rhythm Section", published by NAfME/Rowman & LIttlefield.  Aimed at band directors, it is a comprehensive overview of the rhythm section with chapters on the main instruments (bass, drums, piano and guitar).  Click under 'Education' for more information.  

The second project is "The Elephant Vanishes: Jazz Interpretations of the Short Stories of Haruki Murakami".  I have written original compositions that takes inspiration from his stories. Featuring Jason Rigby (saxophones), Mike Baggetta (guitar), Art Hirahara (piano and rhodes) and Mark Micklethwaite.  The recording was completed in June 2018 and will be released in 2019. 

Lots going on, so I'm glad you are here and I hope you come back!



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