First of all, I just want to say Happy New Year to everyone. I hope all of you had a great holiday season and I’m looking forward to seeing you this year.
It’s winter break now at Manhattan School of Music, so I’m spending time with family. But I’ll be back in New York City on Friday, January 16 for a trio performance at Somethin’ Jazz Club with bassist Tom Berkmann and drummer Peter Retzlaff.
Also, the first weekend in February, I’ll be doing two shows in the Greater Boston area.
First up will be a Dedham community television taping at the retirement community Newbridge on the Charles in Dedham. This will be Sunday afternoon, February 1 with saxophonist Mark Zaleski, bassist Bruce Gertz and drummer Patrick Simard.
The next day (Monday, February 2), I’ll head to the Lilypad in Cambridge’s Inman Square for a duo show with Mark Zaleski at 7 PM. We’ll be opening for Jerry Bergonzi’s group and George Garzone’s The Fringe, two long-running groups composed of some of Boston’s greatest jazz musicians.
In other news, I’m just about to finish my master’s degree at Manhattan School of Music. This upcoming spring is my last semester, but it won’t be without a big finish. My master’s recital will be on Friday, April 10, with many of my MSM friends. I’ll let you know more details soon… And I’ll also be playing in some other MSM shows as well.
This is all in addition to fundraisers in Rochester (NY), Virginia and San Diego, in March and May.
I still feel like I just started my master’s degree, so I can’t believe that I’m almost done. However, with graduation comes great opportunity, and I’m looking forward to the excitement of the new year.