Last September I headed over to Germany with my quartet for some gigs. We landed in Frankfurt and when we stepped off the plane we saw a suitcase fall from the luggage compartment and hit the pavement. We made some jokes about it then went inside to wait for our luggage. After waiting for a while and a bit longer than that we started sharing lost luggage stories and instrument related mishaps. We were quite relieved when our luggage including the double bass finally showed up. The bass was in an over sized flight case which we had to store at the airport. When we opened the case Toggi, the bassist, almost fell on the floor crying, (read more…)
January 12, 2012 3:01 pm | Filed under: Music,Road Stories | Comments (2)
Tags: Jazzkeller Frankfurt, Oskar Gudjonsson, Scott McLemore, Þorgrímur Jónsson
October 22, 2011 2:39 pm | Filed under: Music | Comments (0)
Tags: albums, kickstarter, Long Pair Bond, Scott McLemore, Þorgrímur Jónsson
A new blogpost has been due for a long time. I do have a very good excuse for my absence. I've been putting together a new CD release with my trio and yesterday I launched a campaign on Kickstarter. Yay! (read more…)
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
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 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 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…)