I had a great holiday in VA with a snowstorm and all to make me feel at home. Now I am packing my bags and cramming copies of The Dream wherever they'll fit. I wish I could have been at your local CD store, signing copies of The Dream but let's just blame it on the snowstorm. I'm here in the US for another day ready to autograph and wrap copies for their new loving owners. The title track is the featured free download on All About Jazz today. Tell your friends and if they like it they can download the album here or order an autographed copy here.
I am looking forward to beginning the new year by finishing my first trio recording in 13 years. There is as of yet no ETA on that project but I'll keep you posted. As an inspiration I am currently enjoying a Marcin Wasilewsky Trio CD that I received for Christmas and I look forward to listening to Paul Motian trio with Jason Moran and Chris Potter. Did anyone else receive any interesting recordings, piano trios or otherwise?
Happy New Year!
'Tis the season for giving, and so I'm putting my albums on sale for 3 days!* If you'd like you can go to my Bandcamp page and "pay-what-you-like" for any and all downloads. That means you can name your price: $5, $10, $20 or what ever you are capable of or feel they are worth. Even if it's $0.00, I'd rather you have it than not. You can also download unreleased material for free there while you're at it. (read more…)
Inspiration is an interesting thing. You could say it is a kind of a call and response… like jazz. Or maybe jazz is inspiration. At least the best performances are when the performer is the most inspired. So what inspires us? What causes that chemical reaction in our brain that opens up the channel for endless ideas? (read more…)
A co-worker of mine was telling me how her family had had a really big kitchen so they had put a grand piano in there and the kids would practice while her mom was cooking dinner. One day a friend of her brothers was peeking in thru a window and saw the grand piano and shouted out "Wow! You have a grand piano in the kitchen?" and her brother replied "Doesn't everybody?" (read more…)
So here I am sitting at my computer in Iceland (instead of the piano) in an effort to reach jazz listeners worldwide. I do enjoy it… that is, the feedback I get from people all over the world. It is thrilling to think that people of so many different cultures enjoy my music.
But how did that happen? Historically, an artist would hope to get signed by a reputable label who would then buy ads, wine and dine distributors and generally grease the wheels to get their artist known. (read more…)
Couple of weeks ago I posted my thoughts on being a jazz musician in Brooklyn vs Reykjavik. (Read it here) I pretty much came to the conclusion that Reykjavik is better… for me. Someone suggested that it was more about adult responsibilities than location. She is absolutely right.
Brooklyn was awesome for me as a young musician with no responsibilities really other than to myself. I could play sessions every day, soak in the live music at night and wasn't too concerned with the "quality" of life. (read more…)
Yesterday while being interviewed by a Swedish radio host I was asked what I thought was the difference between being a jazz musician in New York and in Reykjavik. The first thing that came to mind is that when I was living in New York music was number 1, 2 and 3… and 4 and 5. There was nothing else. The same went for my friends really. Hardly anybody had kids so we would stay up late listening to music, attending gigs and then sleep as late as you want. Take it easy, have breakfast, practice and write music. It was unheard of to do sessions or rehearsals in the mornings. 11am was the earliest and only agreeable if absolutely necessary. Kids change everything. (read more…)
I am so flattered, honored, grateful and almost speechless for all the kudos coming my way. The value of "words" is incredible.
Yesterday I started thinking back to when my band was stranded outside Detroit (read more…)
Last week I posted a contest on my page on facebook, asking people to guess the name of a tune in a picture of a chart I had written. I am happy to announce that we have three winners, from three different countries (wonders of the internet), although two of them might have cheated a bit… but they're forgiven. (read more…)
I am running a little contest on my artist page on Facebook.
On August 11 – 12 my trio with Scott McLemore and Þorgrímur Jónsson played (and recorded) in a beautiful little church in the town of Seyðisfjörður in Iceland. I wrote a blogpost about it here. Two days before heading out there I scribbled up a chart for a tune that Scott and I had talked about playing years ago. I had my espresso cup sitting on top of it and casually snapped a picture of it. Well, everybody seems to like that picture and today I had this idea of using it for a contest. The first 3 people to correctly guess the name of the tune will get a free copy of the new trio CD when released. I will give out one hint a day so even if you don't read music you can make an educated guess.
Head on over to Facebook and take a wild guess