Ah, these past couple days of cooler weather are so incredible. I’ve been riding my bike around Brooklyn at night and it just feels great. Suddenly my my thought are clearer! I am really looking forward to some great concerts and collaborations in August! My last show for the summer will be AUGUST 2nd at NuBlu in NYC next week, a bigger band with Sam Bardfeld on violin, Stefan Zeniuk on bass saxophone (so cool) and new Brooklynite Kane Matthis on guitar and oud, with a solid rhythm section of Michael Bates (bass) and Chris Stromquist (drums).
Also this coming week The ROMEO STUDS (Yoshie Fruchter-gtr; Jessica-sax; Tina Richerson – sax; Michael Bates – bass; and Chris Stromquist -drums) will be going into the studio to record our first CD. Exciting! I love this band -lookout for fall shows!
Then I’m off to Seattle for two weeks to see family and friends and play! My father and I are hosting another house concert of new trio music double billing with my Dad’s string quintet. I really enjoy the chance to have an evening of music with my dad, and the house concert vibe is so lovely and supportive and also the hardest audience because I know most the folks coming! We’ll not be playing together this concert but I hope we will in the Fall. I am working on viola and saxophone duets, My Megaphone Heart band West will be stretching out my tunes with good friends and incredible players Andy Coe on guitar, Evan Flory-Barnes on bass and Byron Vannoy on drums at the Royal Room, followed by the ever evolving , improvising groove heavy Slingshot Songs Collective will be hitting a couple shows in Seattle. The band’s chemistry is amazing for spontaneous compositions.
The third week of August I’m heading the Bay Area, Living Daylights drummer Dale Fanning and Jambay bassist Mike Sugar and I will be working out grooves and such in Berkeley, hopefully joined by many other players up for the hang. We need to do another LD reunion gig – I miss that band!
August 22-24 THE TIPTONS SAX QUARTET have a sweet little California tour with Scott Amendola on drums – can’t wait to see them all again soon.
IMPORTANT NEWS! The Tiptons are raising money to help finish our new CD – “tiny lower case” through our Kickstarter campaign. Please help us get the music out – we love the new recording and are sure you will too! More info below or follow the link.
Earlier this month I had a great time playing with ZION80 at the Krakow Jewish Music Festival! Some video links shot by Frans Coenders: http://www.facebook.com/l/HAQGPmGLJAQEUgx4R-SnlklYaHKRQ2nZ6z26v0ibeDAhK9A/www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qlb1Es7fksI&sns=em