April 2014

With Spring finally inching forward to relieve us from this long and very cold winter... I have renewed Energy in my Musical Life! I'm having FUN putting together some ideas that I've sketched out the past few years and reconvened my QUINTET to premiere a number of NEW SONGS AND LYRICS, so I hope you can join us on April 6th at the WHY NOT? CAFÉ in NYC. I'm working on some more dates because this is one HOT band! I just love playing with Kenny Wessel, Adam Kolker, Ratzo B. Harris and Lamy Istrefi and their deep musicianship is a blessing in presenting my new material. Somehow my ideas have grown and changed and these songs are a little different. I've also started working with the wonderful JAY CLAYTON in her newly formed DIFFERENT VOICES vocal ensemble, and enjoying the warmth of A Capella vocalizing!

I'm almost ready to release a new album called OUR WORLD with the amazing pianist MICHAEL ABENE. It's a duo project of some deep collaboration and intimate moments interpreting some of my melodies and stories. We have worked in concert settings together for the past 3 years and captured our rapport on tape! After my last few projects of "famous music" (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!

Highlights of the coming 6 months are that I'll be a guest singing with JOE LOVANO's VILLAGE RHYTHM band the last week in May at the famed Blue Note Club in NYC, which will surely be and explosively fabulous experience! I'll be showing my PAINTINGS both in NY and Cleveland in June, with new works emerging all the time. I'll be part of some Jazz Workshops with Karl Berger in June and Kenny Werner in July, so stay in touch with my Events page.