Some New Vids!
January 19, 2013
I did some experimenting over the last weekend with a new set-up using both my Gretsch Aqua Satin Flame kits put together. Never played bass drum with my left foot before, but I found it to be a refreshing change! Here is some video – just working out some ideas and having fun….
Also found a video on youtube from when I was on tour with Dave Specter in Poland. Dave plays a great solo – I remember that was a fun night with a very enthusiastic audience. Gotta love Poland!
Christian Tamburr Quartet Recording with Eric Reed
October 26, 2011
I just spent two extremely fulfilling days in the studio recording with Christian Tamburr for his upcoming release. Eric Reed played piano and he was a joy to work with. His musical contributions were a perfect fit for the ensemble, and we had a ball joking around together! John Shifflett, our regular bass player, completed the group with his usual combination of passion and sureness.
The new recording, called Places, will be out in a matter of weeks. Please check back for updates on the exact release date and for sound samples of course!
Exciting Summer Dates
June 15, 2011
I’m really looking forward to a number of dates I have in the coming months. The weekend of June 17, I have three concerts with Bay Area mainstay Anton Schwartz: 17th at Birdland Social Club in Berkeley, 19th at Anton’s celebrated Loft Concert series, and the 20th at Redwood City’s Jazz on Main Festival.
The highlight of the summer looks to be a series of dates in August with Christian Tamburr and the famed trumpeter Dominic Farinacci from NY. We’ll be presenting a clinic in Stockton on the 10th, a concert in San Luis Obispo on the 12th, and headlining a show at the San Jose Jazz Festival on the 13th.
I hope to see you out for some of these great gigs – please check my calendar for all detailed information.
Fall Tours – Bernard Purdie & Lucerne Blues Fest
November 27, 2010
I spent many weeks this past fall touring Europe with blues guitarist Dave Specter. Many of the shows were truly career highlights for me. In September, we performed in Denmark, Germany, Belgium, France, and Switzerland. Sharon Lewis was our special guest vocalist for this tour. Our first night in Silkeborg, DK, Bernard Purdie was in attendance. What a treat it was to meet him, hear some great stories, and of course hear him sit it! In November, we went back to Europe and also brought along Harmonica Hinds as a special guest. This time we played in France, Poland, Switzerland, and Spain. The anchor of the tour was the Lucerne Blues Festival. I’ve never been treated so well as we were by the Swiss, and the mix of setting, camaraderie, and music was something I’ll never forget.