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A short Interview

Here is an interview I did for a Greek music magazine: When your first desire to become involved in the music was & what do you learn about yourself from music? I was attracted to music from the first time I heard music on the radio as a young lad. There was a piano in […]

Is there enough work for university jazz students?

My dear friend and colleague, David Leibman recently circulated an email which posed an important question: Will students currently studying jazz in university settings find adequate employment upon graduation in the jazz scene. This is certainly a valid and pressing question, especially in light of the big tuition many schools are charging for an education, particularly […]

July

Wrapping up the tour with Yellowjackets and Bobby McFerrin. It’s been an amazing few weeks. Bobby is such a warm-hearted and incredible musician. Adding him to the Yellowjackets made for a great catalyst to take our little quartet in yet another direction. As is usually the case. the key word here has been “listening”, trying […]

All in a day’s work

On June 18th 2012 I embarked upon a journey that was anything but a straight line. I brought a big band of 18 people to Tokyo to play the Tokyo Bluenote for 4 nights. There were 8 musicians traveling from New York, one from Sao Paulo, Brazil,  one from San Francisco, and 7 of us from […]

Donald Trump Again??!

Donald Trump, again with the Obama not a US citizen routine??  Who let this guy out of his cage?  And Mitt Romney joining with Trump in the Obama bashing. Wow! We ARE living in a reality tv show. Firstly, who gives a flying f**k whether Obama is legally a US citizen or not. The fact […]

To Play or Not to Play?

To play or not to play, that is the question. Excuse the Shakespearian pun, but this actually is an important question any improvising musician ultimately considers. How does one integrate stepping out and making a bold statement while occasionally taking the horn out of your mouth, letting someone else get a word in edgewise., and more […]

Courage to Change

Writing to you from Bochum, Germany in the middle of a Yellowjackets tour. After a week of very little sleep we were finally able to catch up last night. Despite the rigorous schedule I’ve managed to exercise every day (sometimes twice a day), finish three octet arrangements and an orchestral arrangement, and write an article […]

Balancing a career in music with family

Balancing a career in music with family life can be a challenging endeavor. To play an instrument well requires tremendous dedication. If you add to that the craft of composition/arranging, promotion via social networking, overseeing the business aspects of being a musician, this usually goes well beyond a 40-hour workweek. Next you have to consider […]

Implementing new ideas into your soloing

The age-old question for improvisers is how to best introduce new material in your soloing in a concerted, organized way. When I think of the great jazz soloists I realize that the wonderful shapes they come up with in their soloing, in a seemingly spontaneous fashion, are in fact worked out in a deliberate way, in […]

The Grammys

I think this is my 7th or 8th time going to the Grammys while being nominated some 18 times. It is an honor to be recognized by your peers for artistic achievements, and interesting to have the opportunity to see what is happening in the world of popular music up close. In a general way, […]