Bicoastal Collective: Chapter 5 is released today on OA2 records. Aaron Lington and I have put a lot into this project. I hope you get a chance to check it out! It’s a full big band album and we pulled out all the stops on it. You can check out some sound clips and order it HERE.
After an extremely successful pre-sale/crowd funding event BC5 will be launched with a fury that no other BC chapter has seen. I am proud to announce that BC5 will be released May 19. There is a fantastic press release up at Jazz Corner for you to dig into.
Happy happy joy joy!
After a super busy summer it was nice to take a bit of a break from traveling so much this fall. This summer found me in LA, Dallas, Chicago, Buffalo, Halifax, among other places. Aside from playing on the St. FX Visiting Artist Concert series (which included Lage Lund and Linda Oh this year) it was a welcomely slow fall. I’ll be back at it soon with hits in St. John’s (Newfoundland), Charlottetown (PEI), Potsdam (NY), and playing locally. Local concerts included a juicy gig with one of my favorite drummers and musicians, Matt Wilson (also part of the St. FX Visiting Artist series).
New project/releases coming soon include BiCoastal Collective: Chapter Five, Project quARTet, and new releases by Josh and Jake Hanlon and I make a guest appearance on Michelle Hanlon new singer/songwriter project. None of these have a release date yet, buy they are all in the can! Yay for music, and who knows maybe it’s time for a gig on alto. 😉
Just got back from ITG in LA and I am super happy that the Edwards X13 trumpet, the horn Adam Getzen, Christian Griego, and Jim Stella built for me was a big hit – Most folks said it was easily in the best top 5 horns they played all ITG. It was also really great to see the trumpet family and a bunch of my Southern California friends. It’s a busy summer for projects. There is one already in the can (Hanlon Brothers), two more to go (BC5 and a new quartet project), and the release of Zoe Leger’s and Scott Sorkin’s recordings too. Zoe’s up for the Galaxy Rising Star Award and her release is timed nicely with a hit on the main stage at the Halifax Jazz Festival. Happy to be part of all this fun!
Just returned from a month in Sevilla, Spain. Ended up playing a lot of music there. The vibe of the jazz community was super welcoming and the city was amazing. There is a fantastic club called Cafe Jazz Naima in the middle of the city that has live jazz every night of the week; I ended up playing there a fair bit. On another topic: all of my music for the next BiCoastal Collective recording is finished being written as in the music for my new quartet project. Both projects get recorded in July, but before then I’ll be off to Texas to record on a project lead by Josh and Jake Hanlon. A few nights ago I performed with Dave Liebman. He’s a real master musician, and a nice guy to boot – It’s nice to get both. He’s a real inspiration and make me want to practice.
I just got my copy of Josh Hanlon’s new recording “Baytree Sessions: Volume One” on Armored Records. It was such a fun project to be apart of. All the cats were aiming for the sky on it and it shows. Personal is: Dave Lown – ten, James Driscoll – bass, Stockton Helbing – drums, Noel Johnston – guit., and Michelle Hanlon – vox, me – tpt/flug. and the fearless leader, Josh Hanlon – keyboard instruments. Recorded by Robin Hood Brians (yes that Robin Hood Brians), mixed by Kent Stump, and mastered by James Driscoll at Hot Tonic Mastering. It was a load of fun to record and its a great listen too.
On January 9th 2016 I am joining the Upstream Orchestra playing in the Open Waters Festival. We’re playing pieces by Barry Guy and Jeff Reilly Sir James Dunn Theatre, 7:30pm Halifax. Earlier in the day I’ll be involved in Improvisation Talk Back, Facilitated by Ellen Waterman. “Six improvisators from different genres will be playing different instruments and performing a collective improvisation. The audience is invited to question the performers about the music played and the outcome.” Sir James Dunn Theatre, 1pm Halifax.