Newsletter - April 11 

Happy Spring!


With Winter behind us and Summer ahead, Spring is arguably my favorite season. I'm usually filled with a simultaneous sense of closure and optimistic promise. Some projects have come to a close or hiatus, thus freeing me to explore other opportunities:


After three solid years working with the Uptown String Band, I was not asked to to arrange their 2020 New Year's Day routine. The Cat's Pajamas played their Grand Finale show back in December (although Janet has been working on a forthcoming DVD). This year, AIM Academy doesn't need me for their musical. 


Production on You Do You's first full length album is well underway; plus the band is pursuing more public shows. PHLOYD (formerly Philly Loves Animals) is gaining serious traction as a Pink Floyd tribute band. We play our next show Friday, June 14 at The Union Firehouse in Mount Holly, NJ. And I have a handful of my own upcoming jazz gigs.


I am performing at Chris' Jazz Cafe Wednesday, May 1 at 8:00pm. At this performance I'm playing my trumpet through my effects pedal board. Since the late 60's, many jazz artists have embraced electric instruments. Hear to a mix of standards, deep cuts, and originals performed by my and my ensemble: Gabe Preston (woodwinds), Micah Graves (piano), Ben Basile (bass), and Charlie Heim (drum kit). EVENT


Just outside Philadelphia city limits is Ardmore's The Living Room, an intimate 40-seat listening room. They're hosting me Friday, May 24 at 8:00pm. This show features a slightly lighter lineup of Gabe Preston (woodwinds), Micah Graves (piano), and Brendan McGeehan (bass). EVENT


I'll also be up in Ellenville, NY at Trattoria Marbella Friday, April 19 at 7:00pm. Ben Basile (bass) and I are appearing as a jazz duo. EVENT


Enjoy Spring!


Newsletter - March 15 

Tis the eye of Irish Season,


It's once again the month of March; which I fondly refer to as Irish Season. This is my fifth season performing with the John Byrne Band. We've already played a string of shows among the greater Philadelphia area as well as a quick trip down to Hollywood, Florida to play a parade. This weekend is the culmination of the season. We'll play an array of traditional Irish music, Pogues covers, and a sprinkling of JB's original music. Stop by if nearby this weekend:

Friday, March 15 @ 8:00pm - Brittingham's Pub
Sunday, March 17 @ 11:00am - Irish Rover Station House
Sunday, March 17 @ 6:00pm - Kildare's Irish Pub


Friday, March 29 @ 7:00pm is Reverend TJ McGlinchey’s: Still In Love album release show upstairs at World Cafe Live (3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA). Still In Love, TJ's second full-length LP, is full of the stuff that RevTJ does best: memorable melodies, thoughtful lyrics, and toe-tapping rhythms. The new lineup of the RevTJBand includes Chris Dell'Osa (electric guitar), James Cooper (bass), and the legendary Freddie Berman (drums). I arranged the 5-piece horn section and recorded trumpet for the album, and I'll be leading the section live. EVENT

It seems public performances have downshifted in 2019 (compared to recent years). York Street Hustle is playing more private events lately. You Do You is producing a full length album. The John Byrne Band is also producing a full length album. For my own solo project, I'm producing 2 full length albums and pursuing bookings for later this year. There's still much bubbling and churning behind the scenes. 


...pace yourself this weekend.



Newsletter - Happy New Year! 

Happy New Year!


2019 started with quite the silent explosion of activity! January and February are usually quiet months for me; I don't play many public gigs. However, I've been capitalizing on the public inactivity by increasing my trumpet practice time and reinforcing my overall jazz feel. 


The time I've invested in my trumpet playing will pay off next week. Join me at Chris' Jazz Cafe, Thursday, February 7 at 8:00pm for another night of jazz! This show features vocalist Imani Roach (York Street Hustle). I've curated a repertoire of jazz standards, my originals, and a few 60's soul classics. We'll be joined by Dan Finn (piano), Brendan McGeehan (electric bass), and Charlie Heim (percussion). EVENT


The following week is York Street Hustle's Valentine's Extravaganza - Thursday, February 14 @ 8:00pm at Underground Arts: Black Box (1200 Callowhill Street, Philadelphia, PA). Another yearly tradition that keeps growing, York Street Hustle brings 60’s Motown and Soul to life with a 10-piece band, including many Soul and Motown favorites about love and heart ache. This show is also our tenor saxophonist Mike Kania's final appearance with the band. One of the last remaining original members, Mike has been with the band for 9 years. EVENT


I'm also involved with a couple album productions. You Do You is in pre-production for our next full length album. I just finished writing the horn arrangements; the songs are shaping up nicely. The music is influenced a lot by many 70's artists and bands. We track the rhythm section in mid February, then I'll be involved with the audio editing. The John Byrne Band is also in the audio editing stages of the next album. There's quite a lot of editing work left to do; but we're chugging away as we hurtle closer to this year's Irish Season. 


Even though there are fewer opportunities to see me live this month, I've certainly been keeping busy. 



Newsletter - Season's Greetings Release  

Hot on the heels of The Nook is Season's Greetings!


Ben Basile and I offer a jazz season’s greetings. Season's Greetings is an instrumental chamber jazz interpretation of select Holiday songs. The musical arrangements were inspired by Frank Sinatra, Vince Guaraldi, and Al Green.


Season’s Greetings features hand selected Holiday favorites arranged and performed by Ben Basile and Vince Tampio; Tampio also served as producer and engineer. Ben Basile is an electric/double bassist, educator and composer from New York's Hudson Valley Area. On Season’s Greetings, Ben plays upright bass and percussion, I play trumpet, flugelhorn, guitars, tanpura, and percussion.


We've been collaborating since our college years. Album collaborations include my The Nook (2018), his Two For Twenty (2016), and our A Duo Tribute to Frank Sinatra (2015). All tracks on Season’s Greetings were recorded at my own S.A.V. Studios, Philadelphia, PA.


Celebrate Season's Greetings with us at our Philadelphia release show: Wednesday, December 5, 8:00pm-midnight at Chris's Jazz Cafe. Hear cuts from this album as well as music from my previous albums and select jazz standards. We'll be joined on stage by Jeffrey Smith (piano), and Charlie Heim (percussion).


I hope you enjoy Season's Greetings; look forward to seeing you at the show!



Newsletter - November 5  

Happy Daylight Savings,


Although I'll miss the late afternoon sunlight, I certainly seized the extra hour!


My internal clock has been awry since the 10 Day John Byrne Band - Irish Experience. As a 4-piece band (accompanied by 47 other guests) we toured the Ancient East as far north as The Giant's Causeway to as south as Waterford. By day we saw countless stone ruins dotted among the country; not to mention free range sheep. By night we performed in pubs, churches, and ever a few sessions. I made it a personal quest to find local music shoppes in every town we stopped in. Ireland is definitely worth a trip when you have the opportunity.


Back in the States, I've been preparing for a handful of large scale upcoming events:


Philly Loves Animals II: A Pink Floyd Tribute - Friday, November 16 @ 7:00 PM at World Cafe Live downstairs (3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA). Together with fellow Philadelphia musician and bandmate Katie Feeney (You Do You, Roberta Faceplant) we are bringing back last year's tribute to one of the most underrated, political, and proggiest Pink Floyd albums - Animals! Additionally, we'll also perform Wish You Were Here in its entirety. I'm fulfilling the role of Musical Director as well as performing on electric bass and synthesizer as part of a 12-piece ensemble. EVENT

York Street Hustle Holiday Spectacular! - Friday, December 7 @Union Transfer (1026 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA). York Street Hustle returns for our 2nd annual holiday show at Union Transfer. A yearly tradition that keeps growing, The York Street Hustle brings 60’s Motown and Soul to life with a 10-piece band, including many holiday Soul and Motown favorites. EVENT Can't wait until December? Join us at the Tree Lighting Celebration - Wednesday, Philadelphia Museum of Art (2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA). Make the Museum a part of your holiday tradition. We're ushering in this cheerful season with a Tree-Lighting Celebration. Join us for festive treats and music leading up to the 6:00 p.m. countdown.

The Cat's Pajamas Grand Finale - World Cafe Live downstairs (3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA). The Cat’s Pajamas is performing one final concert – and turning it into a movie. After 28 years, the Cat’s Pajamas is celebrating our retirement with a great big finale.We’ll be turning our favorite hometown venue into a huge New Orleans-style parade, complete with a horn section and a 9-piece band, and bursting with balloons, noisemakers, beads and parasols, as we film this farewell concert for one more live concert DVD. EVENT


Hot on the heals of The Nook, comes another new album: Season's Greetings, an instrumental chamber jazz interpretation of select Holiday songs. The album features hand selected Holiday favorites inspired by Frank Sinatra, Vince Guaraldi, and Al Green. I play trumpet, guitar, and percussion; joined by Ben Basile on upright bass. Season's Greetings is currently available for pre-order and will be released Tuesday, November 20, 2018. We have two album release shows in the Hudson Valley, New York, the weekend of Thanksgiving. Black Friday at The Backstage Cafe and Saturday at ARTBAR Gallery. Plus, Season's Greetings will be featured at Chris' Jazz Cafe in Philadelphia, PA.