Dear friends, I hope you are all enjoying this gorgeous Early Autumn. No wonder so many tunes have been written about it! I had an amazing summer in Europe, kicking off with 3 wonderful gigs with The Royal Bopsters: Pizza Express in London, and Zwe and Poysdorf in Austria, great music, great fun!
I continued on to my 10th summer at Veneto Jazz Summer Workshop in Chioggia, Italy, where I performed on grand outdoor stages under the stars with my fellow faculty: John Ellis, Rory Stuart, Jeff Hirshfeld, Aaron Goldberg and Stefano Senni, and worked with 12 terrific vocal jazz students. Upon returning home, I hopped right into two weeks of Jazz House Kids Summer Camp, led by the incredible power couple Melissa Walker and Christian McBride. I observed 150 kids, ages 8 to 18, fall deeper in love with this great art form, listen to it respectfully, cheer with great enthusiasm for the performances and sing and play with gusto at the Montclair Jazz Festival. It is so rewarding and inspiring to work with these fantastic children, and with my fellow faculty at Jazz House Kids!!
I am celebrating my birthday on October 15 with two amazing gigs:
On Friday, October 14, The Royal Bopsters will appear at Kitano, two sets, 8 and 10 PM in NYC. We will be singing some of the hits from our first CD, The Royal Bopsters Project (motema,) which received excellent reviews across the board, including 4 and 1/2 stars in Downbeat, as well as some new tunes from our upcoming release, which we are currently in the studio recording.
On Saturday, October 15, I am so thrilled to release my new CD, ‘Bridges’ (Fivecat) at Trumpet’s in Montclair, from 3 to 6 PM. The wonderful singer/tenor player/arranger Darmon Meader will be on the gig with me, as well as the smokin’ rhythm section of Steve Schmidt, piano, Cameron Brown, bass and Steve Williams, drums, who will be the rhythm section for both Friday and Saturday gigs.
Please celebrate my birthday weekend with me at these two exciting musical events. Sunday’s Birthday Blast includes birthday cake baked by moi!!! Join us!!