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.