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Summer 2016

Spring was a little slow in coming and the Winter was one of much travel for me.  So I find myself enjoying the beautiful weather with a NEW RECORDING of all Original Songs and Lyrics ready to Master and 25 new paintings that I’ve been working on for the past months ready to show!!!

I went into Sear Sound in October with my working band of the past few years to lay down some of the music we’ve been grooving on in the NY area and had some fun!  I call it my Zephyr 2-guitar band and it consists of longtime bandmates Guitarist Kenny Wessel, Bassist Ratzo B. Harris, Reedman Adam Kolker and Drummer Bob Meyer. The group has evolved to also include Processed Guitarist Bruce Arnold and Percussionist Todd Isler. We’ve been developing arrangements of my New and Old material and with the help of Sax Master Joe Lovano, who plays on 2 trax with us, we have put together a very exciting set of moods and feelings about Life and Love!  Next step is to get it Mastered and decide how it will be released, so stay in touch!

I’ll be bringing this 2-guitar band to the Red Hook Jazz Festival SUNDAY JUNE 12 in Brooklyn, then singing an Ode to Billie Holiday up in Marlboro, NY with soulful guitarist Matthew Fink and then heading out to the wonderful Hawley Inn in the countryside for their Jazz On The Deck series, fourth year! I hope to see you somewhere!!! And  I still have some gigs coming up with Veteran Pianist Michael Abene with whom I recorded my last all-Original session so I look forward to that!

Please consider coming up to the Mid-Hudson Valley to enjoy not only the scenery but also the Opening Reception of my Solo Art Show on Sat’y July 9th.  I’ll be showing New Paintings in Oil, Watercolor, Pastel and Encaustics along with some other wonderful artists, Marilyn and Gene Bove, in a different gallery room. Check my Events page and I hope the season brings you health and happiness.  Peace.

April 2016

Ah Springtime! Even though it was a mild winter here on the East Coast, the sight of daffodils pushing up and buds about to pop on the flowering trees is a pleasure!

Artistically? I am in a great place: I just finished MIXING a recording with my working band of the last 2 years – a 2-guitar affair featuring KENNY WESSEL and BRUCE ARNOLD complementing each others’ sounds, RATZO HARRIS on Acoustic and Stick Bass, BOB MEYER on Drums, ADAM KOLKER on Bass Clarinet, Soprano and Tenor Sax and TODD ISLER on percussion. The recording is of all my Originals (all with Lyrics this time!) with SPECIAL GUEST JOE LOVANO on a few trax as well! I’m hoping it will be released this Fall….

Look for gigs in JUNE and beyond with this band…

JULY 9th is the Opening Reception for my SOLO ART SHOW (refreshments from 5-7pm) at the Wallkill River Gallery and School of Art in Montgomery, NY – I hope you can SAVE THE DATE on your calendars and come share the joy that I feel in my visual work. Also please check the PAINTINGS page on this website!!!

Wishing everyone a GREAT period of Renewal this Spring – And hope to see you soon at a live event somewhere!

November 2015

So much has happened this year and my heart is full!

I started out the year with a reunion of sorts with two of my best NYC musical friends, as part of Kenny Werner’s Residency at The Stone, with the amazing Joe Lovano.  We played solo, duo and trio with some fun and surprises along the way.

Then I played 2 nights at Birdland as part of Joe’s new Village Rhythms Band for the APAP convention. What a kick that was – Joe has written some amazing and compelling music and the band was killer!  Look for his new recording on Blue Note out next year with all new music!

With my new CD just out, I had the thrill of playing several times with the amazing Michael Abene, first at Kitano, then Cornelia Street, the Falcon and then the fabulous new Mezzrow club!  I had to work hard to find jazz rooms with Good Pianos for the Maestro to play! It was unique every time we played together and I am so grateful to Michael and Gretchen Abene for helping me realize this project of all Original songs.  Michael certainly is an original himself and having him interpret my songs and improvising along with him was a big thrill – each and every time!

I also had an amazing year playing with my Zephyr Quintet which features guitar and sometimes horn… We played at the 55 Bar with Kenny Wessel, Adam Kolker, Peter Slavov and Anthony Pinciotti, at Nublu with Bruce Arnold, Oscar Noriega, Ratzo Harris and Lamy Istrefi, and then up in Beacon’s new Quinn’s venue with  two guitars (Kenny Wessel and Bruce Arnold), Ratzo Harris on Bass and Bob Meyer on drums adding  special guest Joe Lovano to the mix, which is always incredible!   I also had a few gigs at the Why Not? Café reuniting with old buddy Tim Hagans on trumpet in June and with Claire Daly on bari sax in October before the club morphed into Dominique’s.

NEWS FLASH:  I finally went into the studio and recorded this amazing Zephyr Band that I love so much!!!!  We got 10 Original songs with new Original lyrics down, and although we have been playing a lot of the songs all year, there was also some brand new material that I brought to the session.  With the amazing ears and enormous talent of Joe Lovano in the booth, the session ran smoothly and I could really focus on singing the challenging music that I had chosen.  Exhausting and Fulfilled!  So I continue to listen and work on postproduction details and hope to be able to release the new material in 2016!!!!

Other memorable gigs this year have been being part of the Arts for Art Pop-Up concerts that Patricia Nicholson put together at the Clemente Soto Velez center on the lower east side of NYC, Neil Alexander’s Joe Zawinul Birthday Tribute and having the unique opportunity to sing some of his amazing musical legacy, and also being part of a magical concert featuring the Songs of Mark Murphy as a love-letter to the ailing Master.  It was a beautiful celebration including many vocalists who have been influenced by and studied with Mark through the years (including myself) and the high point was his dear colleague and friend, the amazing Sheila Jordan.  Thanks to Ari Silverstein and Cha Cha for organizing the wonderful event.  A film was made to document the occasion and shown to Mark, thankfully, before his sudden passing a few months later.

On the Art front… what can I say? I am still engrossed in study and passion for painting the world around me mostly in Oils and Watercolors this year with some of the area’s most accomplished artist/teachers.  I have been part of many shows and exhibits throughout the year and enjoying the comradery and inspiration of the many creative and joyous people around me.  I’ve been gratified to have sold a number of paintings which feels like people have generously “adopted” one of my children/creations. You can see some on my paintings page here on this website.

Our house is filled with art and music and love and I feel grateful every day!  Thank you for being part of the experience!  Happy Holidays to all!

March 2015

Happy New Year to all Music and Art Lovers Everywhere!

Thank you for your support of the creative arts and in particular of my work!

JANUARY 2015 saw the RELEASE of my 11th CD of recorded music: MY DANCE. I am thrilled to have documented these collaborations with the amazing pianist MICHAEL ABENE and to continue playing in live settings throughout this Spring and Summer. We had a deep and satisfying CD Release Party at “Jazz At Kitano”, a great listening room in NYC on February 26th and looking forward to more dates at Cornelia St Café on March 30th and a fabulous venue for music and art called The Falcon in the mid-hudson valley town of Marlboro on April 11th. A lot of NYC musicians are coming up there to play because of such a great vibe, plus they exhibit Paintings in the venue as well.

Other dates include April 14th Downtown at Arts for Art on the lower east side with my Zephyr Core Guitar Quintet and May 16th at The Vivaldi club.

Please check out my Paintings page and let me know if you are interested in finding out more about exhibits and/or sales of Originals or Giclee Fine Art Prints. I continue to paint new images all the time and planning for an exhibit this year of my series of paintings of Musicians and musical themes.

Please stay in touch! Love and music and peace.

November 2014

SPECIAL SALE for the end of the year and Holidays!

Purchase anything on my site and get a 2nd CD FREE from my catalogue! Just click on the cd of your choice and purchase it through JazzCorner/ JazzCares and then let me know which of my other cd’s you would like so I can send you both cd’s!!!! Make sure you include your email and street address!

I am thrilled to say that my new recording MY DANCE featuring the amazing pianist/arranger MICHAEL ABENE will be released officially on January 6, 2015!!! Look for appearances next Spring to present this Duo format of my original compositions, some with lyrics and others leaving the story line to the listener’s imagination.

It’s a duo project of deep collaborations and intimate moments interpreting my melodies and stories. We have worked in concert settings together for the past 3 years and finally went into the studio to capture our rapport on tape! After my last few projects of “famous music” and Standard songs (including the Trio recording INDIGO MOODS with Freddie Jacobs and Peter Tomlinson, of which I am very proud!!!) I feel motivated to document my own imagination at play and create some new ideas and sounds! There are some new songs and I’ve added lyrics to some older tunes which re-shaped them. Doing a few gigs was so much fun! Michael Abene is a true Original himself and his amazing re-harmonizations were wonderfully challenging… By the way, we recorded at The Upland Studio in Kingston, NY with John Menegon engineering and I can highly recommend them for any group up to a Quintet, I think!

In addition, I’m excited to be part of JOE LOVANO’s new VILLAGES RHYTHMS BAND that was recorded during our live engagement in June at the famed Blue Note Club in NYC: an explosively fabulous Lovano-led experience! A Blue Note Records recording is slated for release in late 2015 or early 2016. We will be travelling in Europe during late April and early May, and then in the USA during June.

I’ll also continue to show my PAINTINGS with new works emerging all the time. I continue to sstudy the mediums of Watercolor, Oils, Pastels and Encaustic Paints and have had several of my paintings hung in Galleries in New York and the Midwest this year. Please visit my Events Page to see if I’ll be coming to your area, and please come and say hello!!!!

So please visit the video’s combining my Music and Paintings: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ehNSgG9ei7A

It’s a pretty full life and one of my biggest joys is sharing life’s experiences with my amazing partner, Joe Lovano. We celebrated our 30th Wedding Anniversary this past year and I am grateful for all the blessings our partnership has allowed both of us.