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  1. YouTube videos
    Happy Saturday, SOTW, and happy birthday (a day late) to Chick Corea! Undoubtedly one of the most brilliant minds of American music, and "Litha" is one of my favorite tunes of his. Several years ago I wrote a large ensemble arrangement of this tune for Ian O'Beirne's "Slowburn" big band in...
  2. SOTW Member Recordings & Reviews
    Hello SOTW folks! My new album Skyward Eye was released today with Orenda Records, and I'm so excited to share it with you. You can stream it for free here for a limited time, and if you dig it, I'd be so pleased if you'd purchase a copy. LA Music Blog was nice enough to write a feature last...
  3. YouTube videos
    Hello SOTW community! Episode 4 of the new mini documentary surrounding my upcoming album release Skyward Eye is up for your viewing pleasure. This episode focuses on the production side of the album, and features producer and engineer (and top filmmaker) Alex Chaloff discussing what inspired...
  4. YouTube videos
    Hey SOTW folks! I'm very pleased to officially announce that production of my next album is underway. I've edited together a short announcement video for you to check out if you're interested. We are taking pre-orders + more in the form of an IndieGoGo project to help take the album into...
  5. YouTube videos
    Any of you who get the Númenor reference have my respect :) Please check out this new video we just released on YouTube. The song is entitled The Ruins of Númenor, and features piano, rhodes, soprano sax, drums, and bass. Funny story, I bought this soprano from my friend Bob Sheppard - it's...
  6. YouTube videos
    Hi everyone! I'd like to share this brand new concert film with you. Just released today, WYR TERRANIGMA is my new trio + guest Areni Agbabian (lead singer with Tigran Hamasyan) and Joanna Wallfisch (recent duo album with Dan Tepfer). The performance is completely improvised, and is based on a...
  7. Recordings, Movies
    We're streaming this live album on soundcloud for a while and would love if you checked it out. Live performance of our debut album "Becoming" released on Orenda Records in Los Angeles, CA. It is presented here in two parts (separate threads). The album was rated ***3/5 stars*** in Downbeat...
  8. SOTW Member Recordings & Reviews
    Hey SOTW! Just thought I'd share that my group will be recording and releasing our debut album as a group this year! The album is made up of original compositions, written by myself and my pianist Ryan Pryor, and we'll be debuting much of the music at the Blue Whale on January 28th (for those of...
  9. Announcements and Bulletin Board
    George Coleman has been a key figure in modern jazz since the 50's, a front man in historic jazz formations led by Max Roach, Slide Hampton, Miles Davis, Elvin Jones, Cedar Walton, Ahmad Jamal... I really believe that a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master Award for George Coleman is long...
  10. Announcements and Bulletin Board
    Hi all, I just wanted to let you know that “BiCoastal Collective: Chapter Three” has been released on November 20th. The band is led by Bay Area saxophonist Aaron Lington and Nova Scotia based trumpeter Paul Tynan. Chapter Three features guitarist Corey Christiansen, Dan Murphy on Rhodes...
  11. SOTW Member Recordings & Reviews
    Hi everyone, I've up loaded tracks from my new recording, Horizon, to my website. There are some sample tracks and some full lengths. The band features Joe Doubleday on Vibes, Angelo Spampinato on Drums, Claudio Leone on Guitar, and Will Slater on Bass. Here's the link. let me know what you...
  12. Announcements and Bulletin Board
    Hi, SOTW! If you're going to be in Austin on March 6, come to the Ghost Room, downtown, on 4th in between Guadalupe and Lavaca, where I'll be leading a set of original modern jazz. My quartet is going to consist of some of my favorite musicians in town: Carter Arrington on guitar, Mike...
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