15 Apr

The Cellar Jazz Society and The Hard Rubber New Music Society are proud to present a series of concerts for this year’s Jazz Festival at Pyatt Hall!  We’re very excited about these shows.  All of them with the exception of The Jeff Hamilton Trio will serve as CD Release concerts.

Music will start at 7:30 (doors at 6:45).  We have a new ticket broker called www.NorthernTickets.com that makes it  bit easier to obtain your tickets. You can go online, phone or go directly to the downtown box office to obtain your tickets.

This is going to be fun!




























14 Apr

This is hilarious.  This was a dialogue with someone interested in hiring a band that I was a part of. When it came to the point that we realized the dates weren’t going to work I presented him with some other options for groups.  I did not immediately pitch my quartet but I pitched bands that I was a part of that may have more of an accessible vibe because I got the feeling that was important to him. Upon THOSE ideas not working out I then pitched my band to him.  Here is the response with the awesomeness in bold.

When I hired ——– and ——– I wanted them to include a trumpet lead. I believe that a tenor saxophone is not a lead instrument but a complimentary one. To have a tenor saxophone with a rhythm section does not appeal to me, no matter who the player is. Even if it was Coleman Hawkins and a rhythm section I wouldn`t attend. That`s my preference coming out.
I`m hiring ——— Quintet plus adding ———-, then ———- quartet plus ———, ———–quartet plus ——– on trumpet and fiddle. Complete bands in my opinion.

Ah the joys of this business!!


6 Apr

The first weekend at Pyatt Hall was absolutely phenonemal and a smashing success on all levels!  Jill and her band performed magnificently, the hall was sold out and the sound of the room was wonderful!

A few cool things upcoming this week:

This Tuesday at Seventeen89 I’m with the Craig Scott Quintet. I really like this band. The quintet’s first CD is about to come out.  The gig (and CD) features Joe Poole on drums, Russ Botten on bass, Tony Foster on keys, myself on tenor sax and Craig Scott on vibes.  8:00 start time.

Thursday, April 10 I’m at Ten Ten Tapas with guitarist Oliver Gannon. I don’t think the regular Wednesday thing will be happening but they will be doing some one off’s with me on Thursdays. Its always great to play with Olly!

Then I have the extreme pleasure of guesting with R.I.O. at Pyatt Hall on Friday and Saturday.

There are plenty of tickets left.  Please visit www.cellarjazz.com

for tickets or here are some more direct links:  FRIDAY NIGHT click here  and SATURDAY NIGHT click here.

We have made 20 student tickets available per night as well. $10 each and are available at the door!

Hope to see you out and about!












23 Mar

Another hugely successful NY With Weeds Tour!! Wow! Here are some pics. Check out http://www.newyorkwithweeds.com for the 2015 details.





DAY 5 & 6

21 Mar

Gig at Smoke was fabulous with Stevie D, Dezron Douglas, Sullivan Fortner and Jason Tiemann. Place was packed even after my crew left which was very comforting and even Harold Mabern showed up which I have to say was pretty damn special.

Yesterday we headed down to the village to Smalls, another NYC institution and heard a beautiful young trumpet player called Joshua Bruneau. Was a great time!

Hard to believe se only have 2 more days.




DAY 3 & 4

18 Mar

My over used sore arm is keeping me from long posts so I show you pics instead!

Dinner at Acappella and an inspiring talk by Michael Cuscuna and Jimmy Katz!



Today, two fantastic recordings. First one with Steve Kaldestad and The Renee Rosnes Trio followed by The John Webber Quintet.






17 Mar

Another incredible day in NYC. My dad and I headed way up town to The Bronx to visit friend and bassist John Webber. We were up there to pick up a guitar for my pops so he could practice. John is a great guy and a killing bassist and guitarist. He made us an amazing breakfast: eggs, grits, plantaines and sausage. Unreal!


Only one activity was planned today and that was the always eventful and the tour highlight every year, The American Legion in Harlem. Once again it was awesome. If you tried to explain the event to someone, they likely wouldn’t come but once in there soaking up what is the most incredible atmosphere on the planet it is wonderful. I can’t describe it in words. Those of you reading my blog who have been lucky enough to have been there before know exactly what I’m talking about. Tour participants Gerry Bouey sat in and played some killing trumpet and Steve Kaldestad played and as usual burned the house down.

About half the crew left at 830 and some went home and some followed me to The Measure to hear pianist Antonia Ciacca, bassist Paul Gill and drummer Aaron Kimmel (you’re gonna be hearing more from this guy)…so young and so good. Paul is heavy as well, as is Antonio. Very swinging. They were joined by my favorite, Peter Bernstein on guitar. They sounded phenomenal. Steve sat in again and absolutely KILLED it on Just In Time. Im glad I wasn’t up there for that one. I would’ve folded like a cheap tent!

A good day all around and we’re well into things!



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