Kickstarter “Live at the Jazz Standard” update, and March happenings

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So far so good…$350 raised for the Bjorkestra’s “Live at the Jazz Standard” CD Project on! Thanks to all of those who have donated thus far. 

There’s a long way to go, but there’s plenty of time before the deadline to meet the fundraising goad of $4000.  If you have a moment, check out the site: and please donate if you can spare a few buckaroos.  Every little bit helps!!! At the very least, try to check out the pitch video.  It’s my first foray into the video editing realm (using the incredibly limited Windows Live Movie Maker) but I’m very happy how it turned out!

Enough about me.  Let’s talk about me now.  🙂 This month I’ve got a few good things happening on the heels of the Blue Note show.  Going to Toronto with Rana Farhan for Nowrooz, and then bringing ye olde Casual Sextet (with a brand new lineup) for a show at Fat Cat in NYC! Also, I’ll be back at The Blue Note (twice in the same month, I must be doing something right) in NYC to perform with Gemma Genazanno, which I’m sure will be totally packed because of the Today Show appearance we did back in January. 

In between all of this activity, I will be catching up on episodes of Dexter (almost halfway through season 3!) and True Blood (about four episodes into season one), and reading Cormac McCarthy’s “Blood Meridian.” Ah, life is so full of riches (or diversions, depending on your perspective!).      

What happened to February, anyway? It’s almost like it never happened.  Oh well…onward and upward.  Can’t wait ’til spring!


Blue Note redux

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Happy March everyone!  Yesterday I was so busy with the Blue Note show preparations that I completely forgot to blog, which means I have broken my self-imposed Law of Blogging, which is to blog every Monday, Wednesday and Friday whether I have something to share or not (of course, I always do now, don’t I?).  Please find it in your heart to forgive me! 🙂

The Blue Note show with the Bjorkestra 7tet was a resounding success.  The band sounded amazing, and we played for a nearly packed house both sets.  I was pretty much at the Blue Note from about 1pm until a little after midnight.  Putting on these shows is a lot of work (not complaining, it’s a labor of love for sure!).  What a day. 

I also recorded the show, so I’ll have some tracks posted soon.

The Bjorkestra 7tet next week, Blue Note or bust!

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I’m really excited about my show with the Bjorkestra 7-piece band at the Blue Note next week (Monday, March 1).  In addition to my regular cohorts Becca, Ian, and Yoshi, I also have some great special guests: Rachel Z on piano, Donny McCaslin on tenor saxophone, and Clarence Penn on drums. I’m honored to be playing and sharing in this music with these amazing artists. 

I’m also excited to present a new arrangement (they’re few and far between these days!) of a Bjork tune.  “Crying” from Debut.  I’m finding myself more and more gravitating towards Bjork’s earlier material (the last arrangement I wrote was “Come to Me).  I feel like I don’t have to do any sort of clever manipulation with the material – everything is already there: clear concise songwriting with beautiful melodies, counter-melodies, cool harmony, and excellent grooves.  I’ve tried to write some arrangements for Bjork’s post-Vespertine material, but have had only limited success with that.  For this arrangement, the changes I’m making are pretty minimal, it’s almost a straight cover in many respects, but I’m also curious to see how it is going to turn out refracted through the prism of everyone’s influences and abilities. 

So come on down and join in on the fun!!