What Were You Thinking?
Fellow composer/arranger Earl MacDonald recently conducted interviews with last years BMI Jazz Composers Workshop participants and shared them to his blog. You can find my interview here, and there are many other very talented composers who also shared insights into their process and approach to writing music.
It's Time For Your Chemical Bath, Eleanor
This week I left my 1955 Selmer Mark VI in the talented hands of Mike Manning at Manning Custom. Eleanor was in desparate need of an overhaul and I can't wait to check out the new kangaroo leather pads and copper resonators!
Dazzle Classical Music Series Presents
Jazz in Classical Music Part II
Featuring the Music of Claude Bolling
Tuesday, April 7, 7:00pm
The Lamont Saxophone Quartet will be performing a piece they commissioned me to write at Dazzle in Denver on Tuesday night as part of the Dazzle Classical Series. If you are in the area it looks like a great program!
I just received some new mixes of Flying Dragon's last show at ShapeShifter Lab. Here is Empire, which features the amazing David Smith on Trumpet.
- Empire - Live 2/9/15
- Flying Dragon ft. David Smith
The rest of the new tracks are located over on the media page, along with several new videos and photos. Big thanks to Tyler Gilmore for doing such a great job mixing!
Super excited to announce my music will be featured in the next installment of the Jazz Composers' Showcase at the Jazz Gallery. Hope to see you all there!
Hope to see you at ShapeShifter Lab on Feb 9th!
Jazz Meets Classical
Jazz Gallery Show!
Roar of the Dragon
I just uploaded a few new photos from the show at the Jazz Gallery last week. The band sounded great and thanks again to Rio and Miho for curating the Jazz Composers' Showcase! Photo credit Tak Tokiwa.
From The Shores of Mighty Lake Michigan
I'm very excited to take a vacation from NYC for a few months this summer to do some writing. I will be working on a couple of commissions (for sax quartet and jazz septet), as well as composing an entire album of new music for Flying Dragon. The first leg of my trip will take place here on the shore of Lake Michigan, where I have a wonderful work spage in Milwaukee thanks to Clay and Jenny Schaub. Then I will be completing an artist residency at the Ucross Foundation in Wyoming. I'll be back to NYC just as the leaves are changing this fall, with a big bundle of new music to share!
Year Of The Dragon
With 2015 coming to a close, I have been reflecting on what a great year it was. I premiered some new music at the Jazz Gallery, thanks to their Jazz Composers’ Showcase series. My month-long residency at Ucross was inspiring, enlightening, and an all-around transformative experience. I also wrote a bunch of new music for several really talented ensembles outside of NYC, and having just completed those commissions, it’s time to get to work on some exciting new projects of my own for 2016.
Flying Dragon has amassed a nice full set of original music over the past few years, thanks in part to the BMI Jazz Composers Workshop, and it looks like it’s high time to hit the recording studio. And speaking of new Flying Dragon albums, 2016 will bring not one, but two(!) recording opportunities. I am also currently working on an entirely new album, featuring two of my absolute favorite vocalists (who shall remain a secret for now), performing my arrangements of some very well known, and some not-so-well known pop songs. 2016 is off to a roaring start, and I'm really looking forward to sharing these new projects with you!