Incredible and life-affirming music with the Captain Black Big Band at the Pittsburgh International Jazz Festival in June. Orrin Evans is one of the best band leaders out there and it’s a privilege to be playing with Joanna Pascal, Stafford Hunter III, David Gibson, Caleb Wheeler Curtis, Todd Bayshore, Josh Lawrence, Madison Rast, Mark Whitfield Jr. and THE man – Orrin on the piano. (Photo by David Roth)
It’s been a long time coming, but Orrin Evans is finally bringing Captain Black Big Band to Seattle! I can’t wait to play the Royal Room with them and I hope you can be there too.
This January, I’m playing around the Northwest with Roy McCurdy and Cory Weeds, as they celebrate the release of the new album, Cannonball Adderley: Swingin’ In Seattle. The source of the new recording is a live radio broadcast hosted by Jim Wilke from the mid 1960’s. Catch this all-star band featuring Marc Seales and Michael Glynn.
January 14th – Rhythm N’ Rye, Olympia
January 15th – Whatcom Jazz Music Arts Center, Bellingham
January 16th – Wildflower Wine Bar, North Bend
January 17th – Tula’s Jazz Club, Seattle
January 18th & 19th – Frankie’s Jazz Club, Vancouver, B.C.
“Romance Language,” my 11th album on Origin Records, drops on November 16th. Look for it everywhere good music is sold! My previous albums showcase what I do in a live performance – taking risks and creating excitement. With this album, I’ve tried to explore the simple beauty of a well-played melody. Produced by the fabulous vibraphonist Joe Locke and pianist Ryan Cohan, the sonic backdrop they created for me is out of this world. Check it out HERE!
This past September I joined Orrin Evans and Captain Black Big Band for three days of joyful and rowdy music in New York, at Dizzy’s Coca Cola Club and in Philadelphia at Chris’ Jazz Cafe. The band was celebrating the release of “Presence” on Smoke Session Records. If you don’t know the Captain Black Big Band – get hip!! I’ve had the great pleasure of playing with them off and on for over five years. It’s easily the most life-affirming music I have ever been a part of.
I’m grateful to be joining Spanish Harlem Orchestra on the northern leg of their 15th Anniversary tour:
June 21st – Jazz Alley w/ Spanish Harlem Orchestra
June 22nd – Jazz Alley w/ Spanish Harlem Orchestra
June 23rd – Jazz Alley w/ Spanish Harlem Orchestra
June 24th – Jazz Alley w/ Spanish Harlem Orchestra
June 25th – TD Vancouver International Jazz Festival w/ Spanish Harlem Orchestra
June 26th – Victoria International Jazz Festival w/ Spanish Harlem Orchestra
June 27th – TD Edmonton International Jazz Festival w/ Spanish Harlem Orchestra
June 28th – Sasktel Saskatchewan Jazz Festival w/ Spanish Harlem Orchestra
June 29th – TD. Ottawa Jazz Festival w/ Spanish Harlem Orchestra
June 30th – Festival International de Jazz de Montreal w/ Spanish Harlem Orchestra