Another autumn in New York. My favorite season with a big feeling of renewal. This year I have many things to be grateful for. 2 new projects to love and to sell: “Speak, Spake, Spoke” with Kirpal Gordon has been released on Leaping Dog Media in tandem with a 30-year retrospective of his poetry writings. Kirpal is a bird of rare plumage, indeed, and he lives inside the music like a true jazz musician. My band here is Eli Yamin, Dave Hofstra, Warren Smith – with very special guests James Zollar, Art Baron and Tim Price. We have a rollicking good time backing up Kirpal’s inspired work. I am grateful for Jordan Jones vision that made this CD a reality. We will have a CD release party at Sweet Rhythm on Dec. 19th, and it’s for sale here at my site.
“Two Sisters, Inc” is Dave Hofstra (bass), Dave Sewelson (bari sax) and myself on bari, cavorting about the low register and having tons of fun. We don’t take ourselves too seriously, but we want you to. Our CD “Scaribari” will be officially released Nov. 21st at Sweet Rhythm. It’s already for sale on my recordings page. They make great Christmas presents. I am grateful that ‘the other’ James Brown keeps the club running and lets me develop and celebrate work there.
Other news here…I am the Artistic Director of a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization called “OUTSIDE INSIGHT, INC”. Transformation through art. I will keep you posted and will be happy to suggest ways for you to participate in our mission. I am grateful here to have found a way to try and be more effective around this music that I love so much. It gets tiring just trying to get a gig. I want to get LOTS of people gigs! My goal in ’08 is to do as much good for as many people as I can, and to have fun in the process. And maybe world peace while we’re at it. Gotta go, I have a lot to do.
And you are…?