07.18.13New CDs from Ba(SH), Ryan Cohan and Matt Ulery!!
Several of my favorite groups are coming out with new CDs this summer:Ryan Cohan's "The River" ((Motema) and Matt Ulery's "Wake an Echo" (Greenleaf) were just released this month, while Clark Sommers' debut "Ba(SH)" will be available from Origin in August. I'm honored to be a part of all of these projects, which I think make a strong statement about the vitality and creativity of the Chicago scene today,and I hope you'll check them out!
01.22.13Melba! featured on NPR's The JazzSet!
I'm thrilled that Melba!, commissioned by Chamber Music America's New Jazz Works program, was recently featured on NPR's The JazzSet with host Dee Dee Bridgewater. You can stream the program from their website, as well as many other excellent JazzSet concerts.
01.01.13JEN Conference This Week!
I'm headed to Atlanta this week for the JEN conference, where I'll be playing with Ba(SH) on Friday and presenting a clinic on the music of Melba Liston on Thursday. I'll also be part of a panel discussion hosted by CMA on Thursday with Rufus Reid, Christian Howes, and Jeanette Vuocolo. We'll be talking about funding opportunities and our individual CMA-funded projects. If you're at the conference, I hope you'll stop by one or more events- see the schedule page for details.
07.26.12Video and Photos from Melba! Premier
We premiered Melba! at the Woodson library on Chicago's South Side Saturday, July 21st, as part of the Chicago Jazz Festival's new Neighborhood Nights series. Couldn't have asked for a better day- great playing from everyone, wonderful audience, and an encouraging phone call from the great Randy Weston (Melba's closest collaborator and friend) that morning. Not to mention a nice late night hang afterwards... if you missed it (the concert, not the hang), check out the photos and videos at the site below and look for us in September in Knoxville, DeKalb, and at the Green Mill in Chicago.
07.18.12Chicago Tribune Article on Melba!
Howard Reich reached me in Italy for a friendly chat about the upcoming premier of Melba! His article is here: