It’s been an exciting winter break, both musically and in my personal life. I spent the holidays with my family and played three concerts (one in Baltimore, two in Florida). Now I’m back in New York just in time for my second semester of graduate school, and for the release of my new album A Live Celebration: Kobe, Japan. This live trio album was recorded during my tour of Japan in 2012, and it’s a companion release to my 2013 studio album A Bigger Celebration. Both albums are now available on my website.
For now, I’m spending January readjusting to life in New York City. Starting this Friday (January 24), I’m starting a monthly series of concerts called “Jazz Is Young” at Brooklyn’s ShapeShifter Lab. The three concerts are January 24, February 21 and March 14; all three are Friday nights at 9:30 PM. Each performance will feature a different group of young up-and-coming musicians, most of whom go to my current graduate school (Manhattan School of Music). The musicians are Mercedes Beckman, Ben Flocks, Seth Weaver, Elena Pinderhughes, Adam Larson, Benny Benack III, Hoo Kim, Curtis Nowosad, and Matt Honor. Check their music out; they’re all really awesome.
This is all in addition to my teaching life; I am the music instructor at the McCarton School, which is in downtown New York City and is specifically for kids with autism.
I’ll keep you posted about any future events that might pop up. And I wish all of you a happy and healthy 2014!