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Newsletter - April 3  Podcast

Happy Spring!

 

March was quite the Irish Season; a decent conclusion to a bombastic first quarter of 2018. The John Byrne Band blanketed the Greater Philadelphia area with a total of 10 public shows! This weekend just John and I are traveling to Indianapolis, Indiana to play a string of shows. If you're in that area this weekend, hit us up!

Thursday, April 5 @ 8:00pm - Nine Irish Brothers (West Lafayette)
Friday, April 6 @ 8:00pm - Nine Irish Brothers (Indianapolis)
Saturday, April 7 @ 8:00pm - Nine Irish Brothers (Lafayette)

 

Saturday afternoon, April 28, You Do You is performing at Some Kind of Jam 13 music and camping festival hosted by JibberJazz Productions. The event is a full weekend music & camping festival, featuring 29 musical acts on 3 stages, workshops, food & craft vendors, a kids area with activities, late-night indoor jams, light shows, fire performances, parades, yoga, and so much more! Located at the Schuylkill County Fairgrounds Pennsylvania. Our set is 3:00pm-4:30pm. We're a new wave funk rock party band known for our infectious beats and electrifying 70’s-era showmanship and we're debuting select new material from our forthcoming album. 

 

During the rest of April I plan to further develop on my own music. The mixes are nearly finalized for the straight ahead acoustic jazz album, The Nook; then onward to mastering. Tracking is nearly finished for the jazz duo Christmas album; then onward to mixing. These two albums I plan to release later in 2018. My recent 2017 album release, Sound Plan, has been garnering publicity. Check out its latest review by Michael's Jazz Blog. If you haven't hear the music, you can listen to it via my website and on a slew of other music websites. 

 

I'm looking forward to putting the winter weather behind us. 

VT

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Newsletter - February 26 

Irish Season is upon us...

The month of March is what I fondly refer to as: Irish Season. March has become a month long celebration of Saint Patrick's Day. This will be my fourth season as a member of the John Byrne Band. Incidentally, March 14, 2014 was my first appearance with the John Byrne Band at World Cafe Live, before becoming a member. We'll play an array of traditional Irish music, Pogues covers, and a sprinkling of JB's original music. We have a load of performances around Philly and the surrounding area:

Friday, March 2 @ 7:00pm - World Cafe Live (Downstairs) [SOLD OUT]
Friday, March 9 @ 9:00pm - Tir Na Nog
Saturday, March 10 @ 9:00pm - Brittingham's Pub
Sunday, March 11 @ 11:00am - Tir Na Nog
Thursday, March 15 @ 6:00pm - Kildare's Irish Pub
Friday, March 16 @ 9:00pm - Boiler Room at Congress Hall
Saturday, March 17 @ noon - Irish Rover Station House
Saturday, March 17 @ 7:00pm - New Hope Winery
Sunday, March 18 @ 7:00pm - Tap at Humboldt Beer Depot
Thursday, March 22 @ 6:00pm - Kildare's Irish Pub
Saturday, March 24 @ 6:00pm - Kildare's Irish Pub

 

March isn't exclusively Irish. Before everything green commences, I'm appearing with Johnny Showcase & the Mystic Ticket Thursday evening, March 1 at Franky Bradley's. In the wake of Saint Patrick's Day, I'm joining You Do You in providing the soundtrack to the 8th Annual FNA Chili Cook Off Sunday afternoon, March 18 at the Fillmore Philadelphia

Despite the barrage of performances slated, I anticipate much more (and necessary) unstructured time in March. I'm looking forward to resuming production on my own solo albums. The straight ahead acoustic jazz album, The Nook, is ready for the second round of mixing. I'm nearly ready to write and record horns for the Highlife influenced album, Adult Children. And I'll be adding guitar and percussion to the jazz duo Christmas album I tracked with Ben Basile

...pace yourself this Irish Season.

VT

Newsletter - February 6 

Happy February!

January was much busier than I anticipated; I worked through 30+ new songs! Some of that music will be heard live with the John Byrne Band, Adam Z, and York Street Hustle. Some of that music will be heard on forthcoming albums by You Do YouBazmati Vice, and Adir L.C. Some of that music is in preparation for the jazz duo Christmas album with bassist Ben Basile

Philly's got a lot to celebrate lately! But be sure not to party yourself out... some decent performances this month...

Pogue's Night with the John Byrne Band - Friday, February 9 @ 9:00 PM at Tir Na Nog (1600 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA). We had such an amazing time presenting a full night of Pogue's and Shane MacGowan songs in December, that we decided to do it again. We've even added a few more Pogue's and Shane songs to the repertoire. A taste of what's to come March - or as we call it: Irish Season. EVENT

Who's Lovin' You: A York Street Hustle Valentine's Extravaganza - Saturday, February 10(1131 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA). Join us for our SECOND Valentine's Event! We've got all of your favorite LOVE songs as well as all the sassy-I-don't-need-you-no-more songs too. They're gonna go from early sixties to late. Bring your heart and soul and party with The York Street Hustle this Valentine's weekend. EVENT

You Do You - Thursday, February 15 @ 8:00 PM (1131 South Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA). We're pumped to jump on this bill with our Boston pals Juice! If you missed them last time around, better make plans to come party with us and Joe Hertler & The Rainbow Seekers. In the meantime, check out You Do You's latest music video! EVENT

That's it for now; February looks to be just as busy as January was. Lots of recording this month, but a few performances to keep the month lively!

VT

Newsletter - January 8 

Happy New Year!

So I counted: 77 official performances in 2017! Thank you everybody who attended even just one.

2018 started by ringing in the new year with Johnny Showcase & the Mystic Ticket. The Showcase invited me to sit in for their set. 2018 continued by celebrating with Uptown String Band. The Mummers Parade marked my second year writing Uptown's New Years Day routine. Despite frigid weather, the show went on. Uptown placed 6th (out of 16)! I'm proud to be a small part of their success. If you examine astutely, you can find my cameo appearance in the video of their performance.

January is comparatively quiet regarding public shows. Saturday, January 13 You Do You splits the bill with Somethin' Divine's E.P. Release show at the Grape Room. I lead the Philly Phatness horn section with You Do You; a 7-piece new wave funk rock party band from Philly known for their infectious beats and electrifying 70’s-era showmanship. Otherwise, I'm playing with the John Byrne Band at Brittingham's Pub Friday, January 26. 

Just because January public performances are scant doesn't mean I'm idle. I finally carved time to mix my next solo album, The Nook, a straight ahead jazz album featuring John Swana. I'm also developing a jazz duo Christmas album with long time friend and bassist Ben Basile; something along the lines of our album A Duo Tribute to Frank Sinatra. Plus I'm engineering recording sessions for a few Philadelphia artists. 

I'm learning new material (20+ songs) for the John Byrne Band, York Street HustleAdam Z, and my own sextet. Keeping it fresh for the audience. I'm also steeped in transcriptions and arrangements for other clients. So, much is going on behind the scenes. 

Stay warm and tuned in. 

VT

Newsletter - December 18 

Season's Greetings!

York Street Hustle's Holiday Spectacular was a great night of Motown and Soul music! Some holiday soul favorites sprinkled in there of course. Thank you all who attended the show. We're taking a little holiday hiatus, but will be back next year for our second annual Valentine's Day event: Who’s Lovin’ You: A York Street Hustle Valentine's Extravaganza at Boot & Saddle Saturday, February 10, 2018.

Tomorrow evening (Tuesday, December 19) is the Sound Plan Release show! The band has been gearing up for a solid night of original music selections from my albums Sound Plan, Live at PafA, SYZYGY: Remix, and Quatrane's Night Trip. The band is just fantastic featuring Bend Diamond (Red 40), Dan Finn (Cold Roses), Charlie Heim (Johnny Showcase), Brendan McGeehan (York Street Hustle), and Drew Parker (You Do You). Our sound is jazz fused with Psychedelic Rock, Dub Reggae, and Funk. World Cafe Live - Upstairs (3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA). EVENT

The holiday season is sailing on; if you're still stuck on gift ideas, give music! My newest album, Sound Plan, is great for the jazz lover as well as the prog/psychedelic rocker. My other 2017 album, Live at PafA is suitable for world music enthusiasts. The Cat's Pajamas released our newest album Kitten Kaboodle, imaginative music for kids. Capture rare folk music on John Byrne's father's album John J. Byrne and the Twangman. A lot more great material came out this year; a bunch of listed on my discography.

The rest of December features a couple Thursday performances with John Byrne. December 21 at Congress Hall in Cape May, NJ and December 28 at Tir Na Nog in Philly. I will appear as my alter ego with both Red 40 & the Last Groovement AND Johnny Showcase & the Mystic Ticket on New Year's Eve at Underground Arts. Definitely a classy way to ring in 2018.

Hope to see you at Tuesday's Sound Plan Release show! If I don't see you before 2018; Happy Holidays!

VT