Michael Brecker Competition & Summer 2019


I am very happy to share with you that I am one of the eight semi-finalists in the Michael Brecker International Saxophone Competition. This is a great honor for me and I look forward to traveling to Israel in the summer to compete against the seven other saxophonists. In the mean time, lots of practicing to do.  I’d like to thank god, my family, friends and all of my teachers over the years that have helped me get to this point.  It’s a surreal feeling. Continue reading “Michael Brecker Competition & Summer 2019”

June 2018: Recording, Teaching Wrap-up, Shows

And just like that, summer is upon us.  After a busy spring of teaching, recording and performing, I’m looking forward to a relaxed summer where I can get a good amount of practicing and writing done.

Performance Highlights: 

Evan Sherman Big Band:  Played a few shows with Evan at the Django in TriBeCa for Duke Ellington’s birthday as well as a really fun pop-up big band in Washington Square Park.  Looking forward to more with this excellent ensemble.

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April 2018

Time flies!  Spring is here and things are moving with great speed.

Performance Highlights:

In early March I had the pleasure of playing at Turtle Bay Music School’s annual benefit dinner and fundraiser.  Joining me for the event were bassist Dean Torrey and the wonderful pianist Eden Ladin.

In mid-March I participated in Turtle Bay’s Artist Series concert, where every month the school features a different member or members of the faculty in a feature performance.  The concert we put on was a first of its kind, a New Music festival.  The audiences at TBMS are more attuned to the classics, Beethoven, Brahms, Mozart, etc.   So I, along with cellist Chris Irvine and guitarist Jay Sorce (and his ensemble, Hypercube), devised an evening of 20th and 21st century music (both written and improvisatory).  I performed Luciano Berio’s Sequenza IXb for alto saxophone as well as an improvisation for Continue reading “April 2018”

January 2018

2018 is off to a great start!  I have been teaching a lot this year and have some exciting education projects coming up.  Earlier in January I traveled back to Pennsylvania where I grew up to take part in the Berks Arts Council’s “getjazzED” educational event.   It was a great day, the students were eager to hear me talk about the saxophone, warmups, sight reading, the blues and improvisation with my esteemed colleagues that included the great John Swana, Tom Hamilton, Marco Marcinko, Bill Washer and many more.

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