WOW ok there has really been a lot going on with me lately! I’ve been meaning to post an update on here for a few months now! AGH!
Last night I played an amazing show at the legendary Fillmore Auditorium with Jazz Mafia Symphony featuring DJ Qbert! for our 12 year anniversary!! We were greeted by an enthusiastic crowd of long-time fans as well as some newbies, and we had tons of music to play for them: Selections from “Brass Bows & Beats”, “Emperor Norton Suite”, and many other tunes that featured performers like Joe Bagale, Dublin, Forrest Day, and of course DJ Qbert! Here he is in action for our final fun tune of the night:
I got to conduct the group for some of the music I helped compose from our new Symphony, as well as a brand new arrangement (that I had just completed the night before! ) for one of our guests vocalists, Forrest Day! It truly is amazing how far we all have come over these past 12 years, how many different people have been involved with the various projects, and how much inspiration & love emanates from everything related to Jazz Mafia; thank you Adam Theis for growing this eccentrically beautiful community and continuously pushing us forward!! Excited to see what the next 12 years has in store!
Other recent Jazz Mafia related performances included a special Halloween concert with Realistic Orchestra at Treat Street Social Club. We premiered a spooky collaborative musical piece written to a video put together by Steve Reddell, and I almost started having nightmares while writing my portion! I also performed with a special all-women band led by Adam Theis, for the latest Undercover project: Joni Mitchell’s album “Blue” which was at the Brava Theater in SF. There will be another run of this special concert, this time at Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, so check my calendar!
Another recent highlight in my musical career was getting to meet one of my long-time musical heroes and inspirations; Mr. Fred Wesley!!! Lyrics Born opened the show for the special JB’s concert which also featured special guests from James Brown’s original band: Clyde Stubblefield, Jabo Starks, & Fred Thomas! It was such a special night for me, because inbetween sets, I asked Fred for a picture, and he then played his horn at me and we had a quick impromptu jam backstage!! It was surreal.
Other recent performances have included the Tommy Igoe Big Band at the Throckmorton Theatre in Mill Valley (where you can see us again, next week!) as well as more nights at the Rrazz Room. I also did a special guest appearance at CSUEB for our annual Trombone Day which featured the awesome trombonist/arranger/clinician Wayne Wallace, and we got to trade solos on a few tunes with the CSUEB Jazz Ensemble!
I also did a few different recording projects recently: I played on another song for Victoria Theodore’s new EP “Grateful”, and also had 2 sessions at Ex’pression with the reggae band “Heartical Roots”. About a month ago, I spent 2 days at the beautiful Studio Trilogy in SF recording for the group “Tiger Club”; I can’t wait to hear those tracks with some brilliant brass section playing, and really great audio engineer work by my old bandmate and long-time friend, Willie Samuels.
But wait, 2012 isn’t over yet!!!
Coming up I will also be traveling to Brazil to perform 2 concerts with Deltron 3030 for the Festival Batuque in Sao Paulo!! It will be my 2nd time visiting the country since I toured in 2001 with CSU Hayward Jazz Ensemble. I’m just sad that I won’t be able to stay longer and take a vacation! I’ll arrive a day early with all the sheet music to rehearse the Brazilian Orchestra musicians before the rest of the band arrives.. glad we will have a liaison, because I don’t speak Portuguese!!
The rest of December has another gig with Tommy Igoe, as well as a special New Years Eve concert with Realistic Orchestra at Sea of Dreams in SF; I better figure out what my costume will be!