Month: January 2006

Jacob Sacks and Room 264

Jacob Sacks and Room 264

Last night was a fun filled evening at Detour. Jacob Sacks invited all his friends and colleagues who used to work with him at CPSM (a music prepatory school) and had one big musical party. Jacob was emcee all night (there’s a game show host in him-I can feel it) and the music was unpredictable as ever. There were eight of us last night; Jacob, myself, Bob Bowen (bass), Vinnie Sperrazza (drums), Khabu Doug Young (guitar), Brian Drye (trombone), Mike McGinnis (reeds) and Shane Endsley (trumpet) and we all took a turn at choosing a piece to play. It didn’t matter if you knew the tune, you had the chance to learn it while it was going on. It was super crazy and so much fun.

The final tune of the night, Jacob said we all had to choose a piece and start it at the same time and that we would all finally end up on one tune. Well it was utter chaos (I loved every second of it), and we finally ended up on “Off Minor”. But the cool thing was that when everyone’s turn came to solo, we each played the tune we originally chose and then returned to “Off Minor”. The whole experience was like playing in someone’s living room and all of us just goofin’ around and having a blast.

I was exhausted by the end of it but felt like I had just come off of a big roller coaster ride. Those musician’s blew me away (as usual) and I was happy to go along for the ride.

Just before the gig, I went to check out my friend and fellow vocalist, Judith Berkson play at Barbes. Once again, Judith knocked me out with her music. I admire her musicianship and musical vision. She’s a great singer and imaginative improviser. I love what she does. If anyone lives in NYC, you should come to one of her shows and experience the magic. Judith does a solo show every month (usually) at Barbes. Check out the calendar to see when she’s playing next. I will see you there.

IAJE Madness

IAJE Madness

Well I think I have recovered from IAJE. It is such a bizarre atmosphere. In the one hand, it’s exciting for students all over the globe to get a chance to come to NY and perform and check out artists that they’ve only heard and not seen. For professional artists, it’s a wheel and deal sort of thing. Everybody is trying to meet this person and that person is trying to shop their record and this person is trying to get their music book published etc. etc… There is definitely energy all over. It’s hard to say whether I like it. My friend and wonderful musician Amanda Monaco, was really pumped and energized and I felt like I was about to fall over.
It was really great to bump into Amanda at the IAJE. She has a spirit that is really inspiring and makes you wish you weren’t such an Eeyore about things.

I was working the JZVOC (The Jazz Vocal Coaliation) booth for a few hours each day. I have to admit, I did meet some interesting people and I caught up with some folks that I never ever see. So I have to say that there were some highlights. IAJE is to happen in NYC again next year. Maybe I’ll be lucky and get to perform…you never know…

Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Well it’s hard to believe that it’s 2006. The past year went by so fast that I can’t even reflect on what’s happened. It’s like a systems overload for me (can’t….pro–cess…infor–ma-tion…)

I do know that 2006 is going to be an exciting year. I can feel it in my bones. For one thing, 4inObjects will be releasing their debut CD in February and the CD Pre-release party will be happening at the 55 Bar on January 29th (so mark your calendars). I’ve been totally freaking out because we just got our design and we need to send everything in for manufacturing and we are coming down to the wire. Sooooo stressful! I’m so excited though. The design looks totally cool – something I had not expected but that I really dig.

Jacob Sacks and I are going into the studio in early spring to record the next duo CD. I can barely contain myself when I think about what we’re going to record. I’ve been wanting to do this project for a while and it’s now going to come to life. I don’t want to give anything away about the project for now, but I’ll be writing about it soon.

The Restless Spirit Music Series of 2006 will commence in February and we will be having our friend and fellow 4inObjects member Jacob Garchik be our guest to open up the season.

The IAJE is coming in a couple of weeks and I will be attending this year as part of an organization called the JZVOC. I have mixed feeling about the IAJE and sometimes it just annoys me. But I do know that it is an event in which you get to meet hundreds of people that are related to your field. One good thing about it is that I will see some of my friends and colleagues from Toronto who will be attending the conference too.

This year I will be starting up a new project. I’ve been thinking about it for the past year and I think its time to make it come to life. It will be a quartet with no drums and the instrumentation will be bass/guitar, piano/melodica, trombone/tuba and voice. Why all the slashes? Well, each musician can play both and depending on the venue and other factors, we will switch it around. If we can’t get a real piano, we will go to melodica and guitar and tuba; you get what I mean.

The new year has started out well, I’ve started to get back on a regular exercise routine. I hope to make it stick. I haven’t written up any new resolutions. All I know is that I want to be a better person. I know that’s broad but it’s always the goal and all I can do is keep trying.

Cheers to everyone and I wish you all a very happy and prosperous new year!

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