Friday, May 27, 2011

Better Late Than Never!

It's been a while since I've posted anything, but it's been a crazy/busy year so far. Between the beginning of the year and now, I have recorded a new CD with the Roy Haynes Quartet that will include guests Chick Corea, Roy Hargrove, Marcus Strickland, Craig Haynes, and Robert Rodriguez. I also did performances with Christian Mcbride and Inside Straight in Europe and Bermuda, performed in Boston, Wayne NJ, and New York at the Jazz Standard with the Roy Haynes Quartet, Israel with the George Colligan Trio, and recorded a new CD with saxophonist Dayna Stephens that will include Ambrose Akinmusiree, Taylor Eigsti, Joe Sanders, Justin Brown, and guest vocalist Gretchen Parlato.

I'm looking forward to this summer. I'll be making my debut at Smalls Jazz Club in NYC with my own band, which will feature Lawrence Fields on Piano, Boris Kozlov on Bass, and Johnathan Blake on drums. I will also be performing with Orrin Evans and the Captain Black Big Band, the Donald Edwards Quartet, Ben Williams Quartet, Roy Haynes, and Christian McBride and Inside Straight this summer. All of the information about those gigs can be found on my website -

Something I'm really excited about is an interview series I will start on this blog. They'll basically be question and answer interviews with some great musicians on the scene today. So far I've just completed an interview with saxophonist Mark Turner and I have E.J. and Marcus Strickland lined up to do one (even though Ms. Beener beat me to an interview with Marcus! LOL! Check out that interview here! Look for the Mark Turner interview in the near future and the interview with Marcus and E.J. soon! Hope you are all well and I'm still trying to stay up on my posts... Hopefully I'll be more consistent in the future!!!