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.

I’ve got a growing studio happening at Turtle Bay Music School as well as privately in Brooklyn.  This month alone I’ve added 4-5 new students, so it’s getting busy.  I’m also starting an educational outreach program through TBMS at P.S. 123 in Bushwick teaching flute to 2nd graders twice a week.

Upcoming performances include Feb. 1st at Swing 46 with David Berger’s Sultans of Swing, a great band.  Since I’m not as busy right now with performing I am taking the time to practice more and you can expect some new music in the spring.  It’s been a while since I recorded/wrote for a new project so I’m excited to see where that goes.

This month I started contributing critical reviews to Ethan Iverson’s new website, Do the G!G .  The site is dedicated to the NYC Jazz scene as it stands right now, and is focused on providing visibility to younger artists.  I’ve written a few reviews for them which you can read on my “writings” page.  I also compile the weekly gig listings on the website.

Some other things I’m currently up to: subbing in rehearsals with Ed Palermo’s Big Band, recording overdubs for a movie about a saxophonist, practicing a piece my friend Frank Spigner is writing for me,  practicing the Berio Saxophone Sequenza for a March concert.

A special concert I saw recently- the master tenor saxophonist Houston Person at Mezzrow with Ethan Iverson & Chris Smith…stunning.

Thanks for reading, feel free to email me with comments, questions, or about lessons.  This site is under construction, hoping to improve every week.


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