I gave a concert at the Reykjavik Jazz Festival last Monday. I was presenting my new album "The Dream" with an Icelandic version of the quartet. Scott and I had 3 rehearsals with bassist Þorgrímur Jónsson and saxophonist Óskar Guðjónsson. When you change half the members of a jazz quartet the music unavoidable takes on a new shape with the personalities of the new members, (and these guys have great personalities). Therefor there was a sense of freshness and excitement around the performance.
August 18, 2010 2:47 pm | Filed under: Music | Comments (0)
Tags: Nordic House, Óskar Guðjónsson, Reykjavik Jazz Festival, Scott McLemore, The Dream, Þorgrímur Jónsson
August 13, 2010 12:36 pm | Filed under: Music,Road Stories | Comments (1)
Tags: Blue Church, Kjartan Kjartansson, Recording, Scott McLemore, Seyðisfjörður, Þorgrímur Jónsson
Last week I wrote a blogpost "Coincidences with a Purpose?" about events leading up to my trio's recording in the town of Seyðisfjörður (population under 800). I always enjoy traveling with a band and especially to the small towns in Iceland. There is a certain sense of calm in these towns, a charm to the old houses and narrow streets and not to mention the beauty of the surrounding mountains and fjords. (read more…)
August 8, 2010 12:12 am | Filed under: Music | Comments (2)
Tags: Bláa Kirkjan, Blue Church, Scott McLemore, Seyðisfjörður
Several months ago, before I knew how busy my summer would be, I scheduled a trio recording in the east of Iceland in August, about a day's drive from Reykjavik (where I live). The other members of the trio, Þorgrímur Jónsson (pronounced Thorgrimur or just Toggi) and Scott McLemore had played at a church in the town of Seyðisfjörður and thought that the acoustics were amazing. We got ourselves booked on the church's concert series and planned to record the day after. Well then summer hit. I was releasing "The Dream" and touring in the US, my girls were off from school and before I knew it it was August and time to go record. Where the hell did the time go? I'm not ready! I have been playing on swings and slides lately and not the piano. (read more…)
July 30, 2010 11:02 pm | Filed under: Music | Comments (0)
Tags: bandcamp, Jazz Session, Sale, The Dream
What a great season summer is. The sun is shining and my balcony is blooming with fresh herbs. I love it! On top of that my new album "The Dream" is also blooming on US and Canadian radio. I'm so thrilled. It jumped straight to #20 on CMJ jazz chart and straight to #3 on jazz radio in Canada. I'm so glad that the two days I spent stuffing envelopes and putting 5 stamps on each one is paying off. To celebrate it I am doing a 2 day summer sale "Pay What You Want – No Minimum" for all my albums on bandcamp including "The Dream" The sale ends August 1st 2010. (read more…)
July 9, 2010 11:46 pm | Filed under: Music,Road Stories | Comments (0)
Tags: Andres Thor, Hofsós, Iceland, Scott McLemore, Siglufjörður
Four days after returning to Iceland from the USA I packed my bags again and got in the car. This time Scott and I were heading to the northern part of Iceland to play in the town of Siglufjörður which is only 40 km (25 miles) south of the Arctic Circle. (read more…)
June 22, 2010 6:54 pm | Filed under: Music,Road Stories | Comments (0)
Tags: Alexis Cuadrado, Cafe Grumpy, Dan Fabricatore, jazz, Park Slope, Scott McLemore, Trumpets, US Tour 2010, V spot, William Paterson
Day 4, Friday June 18th. Baltimore to New Jersey. A Day of Driving.
Driving to New York today was pretty smooth. We were shocked by how much we had to pay in road tolls and glad we didn't hit much traffic. We dropped Loren off in Brooklyn since he had another gig that night. We drove around the old hood a little, past our old apt. building and ended up having a great lunch at the V spot on 5th Avenue. (read more…)
June 20, 2010 5:00 pm | Filed under: Music,Road Stories | Comments (1)
Tags: Alan Blackman, An Die Musik, Baltimore, Dan Fabricatore, jazz, Loren Stillman, Scott McLemore, US Tour 2010
Day Two and Three. Thursday June 18th. Baltimore
It is amazing how hard it is to find the time to even maintain a blog while on the road and not to mention a internet connection. Sadly our car doesn't come equipped with on.
June 17, 2010 7:52 pm | Filed under: Music,Road Stories | Comments (3)
Tags: Alan Blackman, Scott McLemore, US Tour 2010
On the Road Again. Tuesday June 15th.
I'm going on the road for a week now with performances in 5 states which you can see here. I will try to keep a tour diary so you can be there with me… in spirit at least if not at the concerts. (read more…)
June 14, 2010 3:35 pm | Filed under: Music | Comments (0)
Tags: Jazz Session, kickstarter, The Dream
There is so much going on right now. I'm ecstatic to announce that we reached our Kickstarter goal with the help of 64 generous and wonderful people. I am expecting copies of my new CD "The Dream" today and tomorrow I leave for a short US tour. The CD will be available for order here on June 17th or if you are in the Baltimore area you could come get your own copy at An Die Musik that evening or any of the following performances.
Today I am very fortunate to be featured on The Jazz Session with Jason Crane. I love the teaser that he sent out on Twitter. "Which Icelandic pianist got into jazz through Kool and The Gang?" That's right! I was a Kool and The Gang fan and you can hear me talk about that in this interview and also hear samples from the new CD. Download The Jazz Session podcast or just listen to it online here.