Monday, April 28, 2014

New happenings

Hi all, happy spring (finally)!!

Just a quick update:

We've been getting many stellar reviews for our new trio record, It Takes All Kinds, on Irabbagast Records and Jazzwerkstatt.  Some can be seen here:

and this great one that just came out yesterday:

Also, there have been a couple of nice features on my playing and some albums I have played on recently here:

I just recorded a new book of music with my new jazz quartet that features Luis Perdomo, Yasushi Nakamura and Rudy Royston.  We're excited to have featured on three tunes the inimitable Tom Harrell!!  These 11 new compositions have been written with these guys in mind, and will be coming out early next year on Irabbagast Records.  Stay tuned!

In the meantime, the Mostly Other People do the Killing Septet is playing at the Moers Festival in Germany this summer, the Newport Jazz Festival in August and the Berlin Music Festival in November.  The Dave Douglas Quintet is playing in Seattle, Eugene and Denver in June, as well as the Middleheim Festival in Belgium in August and Birdland for a whole week in August, gearing up for its next recording.  Barry Altschul and the 3Dom Factor (with Joe Fonda and myself) is playing at Firehouse 12 in New Haven on May 23, as well as a European tour in December.  Mike Pride's From Bacteria to Boys is playing festivals in Montreal and Ottawa on June 19 and 20, and the Mary Halvorson Quintet is doing its first European tour in late October and early November.

My trio with Mark Helias and Barry Altschul is going on tour in Germany, Austria, Poland and more in late September and early October, celebrating the release of It Takes All Kinds and learning new material for the next record.  Hope to see you out there!

Thanks for reading!

Monday, February 3, 2014

New album out!

Hi everyone, I hope you're keeping warm in this crazy weather!

Just a quick note to let you know that my new album, It Takes All Kinds, is out today on iTunes, local record stores, the Jazzwerkstatt website ( and through myself.  The record features eight of my originals, as performed at the 2013 Peitz Festival in Germany, and features two of my favorite musicians and improvisers-- Barry Altschul and Mark Helias!  This co-release between Jazzwerkstatt and my own Irabbagast Records has been a dream come true, and we couldn't be more proud of the music!  This trio will be touring Europe in late September/early October 2014, so keep an eye out for us!

In other music news, another one of my favorite drummers, Rudy Royston, is releasing his debut record on Dave Douglas' Greenleaf Music label on February 4.  "303" features Rudy's compositions and many of NYC's finest musicians.  I am happy to be a part of this project!  Please see the live shows section to see when we are playing in your area!

Thanks for checking in, and see you soon!