Part 2 of my next CD  is finished!  Once again I am blessed with superb musicians--add Brian Drye on trombone and a long time collaborator, Vinnie Sperrazza on drums, along with Mike, Elias and Hyuna.  I expect to have the CD available by March...

Part 2 recording session 1/13! 

4 new originals--quintet (reeds, trombone, piano, drums and bass) setting.  I am very excited (and anxious to move on with my piano lessons).  Road mapping/arranging outlines today...

First part recorded! Beautiful--chamber jazz! 

Spent the day at Bennett's Wash & Dry Recording Studio (Kensington Bklyn) with 4 superb musicians and 4 of my tunes. On piano: Hyuna Park; on violin: Gabe Terracciano; on bass: Elias Bailey; on reeds (flute, tenor sax & clarinet): Mike McGinnis.  The next session, mid January, will be a jazz quintet (with 4 more originals of mine): bass, drums, piano, trombone and reeds.  Looking forward; should have a cd ready by February...

New Album Coming Soon! 

I am doing it as a 60th birthday gift to myself.  It will be titled "Mary's Place":  Mary being my mom.  Several tunes were inspired by her/and her last years, which included staying in a nursing home at the very end.  Mike McGinnis is on board again!  He is working on getting the other players--more to come on that.  And, once again, Bennett Paster (also a very fine jazz pianist) will host us in his wonderful recording studio in Kensington, Bklyn. And Stan Magnan is down again to design the cd sleeve...

Swing University 

I started taking a course at Jazz At Lincoln Center on the history of jazz piano.  Helen Sung is the instructor! (There is a 7' Steinway there for her to demonstrate at times too.)  We are up to the cool period--roughly late 1940s-through the 1950s and beyond.  Billy Taylor wrote a wonderful history of jazz piano book, entitled "Jazz Piano"...

Recording Project Coming Soon 

Since my mom passed away (10/2016 ), I have been spending more time taking piano lessons/practicing/listening.  I have been composing some over the years, but spent more energy trying to increase my technique. (Although I am ok, I will always hire players far better than me when I record my stuff.) But being a jazz pianist, and attempting to live up to that moniker, goes hand-in-hand with composing and arranging.  Like listening to the music--BTW, I pledged to WBGO the other day!  Only 4 of every 100…

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Several Nights at Mezzrow 

What a charming venue!  A great Steinway too!  Recently, I saw Mike LeDonne (piano), John Webber (bass), and Joe Farnsworth (drums).  Usually there is no drummer at Mezzrow--guess it depends on neighbors.  Any way they were hot!  Buster Williams (bass) with Brandon McCune (piano) was last night.  Also beautiful!  Maybe more ruminative--no drums? The incredible pianist Helen Sung is there next week...

My Nights at: 

BAR 55


Kendra Shank led a quartet with one of my favorite musicians on drums, Matt Wilson. I spoke with him and talked of his melodic playing, and the playing of Vinnie Sperrazza, who I was lucky to have play on a bunch of my stuff. Matt also is a fan of Vinnie’s playing!


CORNELIA STREET CAFE


Jacob Sacks—the pianist, who along with Vinnie Sperrazza (drums), Mike McGinnis (multi-reeds), and Dave Ambrosio (bass)—drove down to Philly to perform a set of my music at a jazz fest in September of 2014, led a…

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My night at Smoke 

My jazz club visitor partner, pianist James Newman, and I went to Smoke Jazz Club, one of our favorites. They featured a Charlie Parker celebration: Vincent Herring, alto sax, led a quintet featuring Gary Bartz, also alto—Bird’s instrument, Dave Karkowski, piano, Carl Allen, drums, and a bass player who’s name escapes me now—a Japanese cat I believe. They were way hot!! And the food was delicious—fried calamari and fish tacos. I may go to Cornelia Street Café this weekend: pianist Jacob Sacks leads a…

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My night at Mezzrow 

On Thursday evening, I was set to see the legendary Shelia Jordan (almost 90 now!).  Unfortunately, she called in sick, but she asked Kendra Shank to fill in. At first I was disappointed, but wanted to hear some live jazz, so after snacking at Otto's Tacos--just around the corner on 7th ave so.--my friend and I joined some more friends and went to the club. Kendra performed with the same bassist and pianist as Shelia was to play with: Cameron Brown and Albeto Piribi, respectively. It was fantastic.  Kendra…

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My night at Dizzy's 

The Glenn Zaleski Trio was swingin' last night at Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola, my favorite jazz club in NYC--part of Lincoln Center Jazz: the views are spectacular, the music always first rate, and the food...a New Orlean's vibe!

Prior to his gig, I asked Glenn about walking bass (left hand when executed on piano).  He said that Dave McKenna was the best at this, most consistent. Dave was a local Boston-based piano player who actually didn't think of himself as a jazz pianist.  Many would and do disagree!  I…

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