WOW!! What a whirlwind spring it’s been. April flew by too quickly. The April 12 show in Las Vegas at Myron’s Cabaret Jazz at the Smith Center was a huge success. I had a stellar band with Ragan Whiteside as guest Artist, Joseph Patrick Moore, Chris Harris, Carlos Mata-Alvarez, and Wayne Viar. We had a Standing Ovation and cheers for more at the conclusion of the show. While I was in Las Vegas Ragan and I visited and conducted an Interview with KUNV Radio Station in Las Vegas with Kim Linzy and Steve Edwards. We had a great time meeting the staff at the Station and sharing some laughter. It was also great seeing my friend Myron Martin, Founder of the Smith Center, at my show (read more about it here).
I came back to Atlanta and started on my City Winery Show for May 9. It was great fun having Justin Rogers shoot some video and seeing some of my old friends at the Show. I debuted some of my new songs during the show as well as played some of my older songs. It was great to see such a positive reception of my new material.
I continue to perform at Chateau Elan on weekends that I’m not travelling and work on my new recordings. I’m also looking forward to my upcoming show at Jazz in the Park June 9 at Birmingham, Alabama and Brass City Jazz Fest July 6 in Waterbury Connecticut. If you live in one of those areas drop by and make sure you say hello to me.
February has been a whirlwind month full of rewards and challenges. I went to California February 8 and performed at the El Portal Theatre with Dale Edwards on Congas, Vito Gregoli on Guitar, and Brian Sargent on shakers. It was great fun to perform a new composition “Sun’s Out” which will go on my new Album, 2019, in such a beautiful theatre and a grand piano.
I recorded with Producer, Paul Brown while I was in California as well. We worked on my new track “I Am Fine” which will also be included in my new Album. Roberto Vally played bass and I cut vocals and acoustic piano to the tracks I had previously recorded in Georgia in my home studio.
I was fortunate to get tickets to the Grammys 2019 and was accompanied by Paul Brown. It was a great experience seeing some of my IndieCollab friends and colleagues receive Grammys this year. I ran into a lot of musician friends while I was there and it was great to catch up. The excitement, the experience, and the music was one for the record book.
My new single “Femme Flight” has taken off since January and reached Top 10 status and as of today, it is #9 on Billboard, #9 MediaBase USA, #9 Smooth Jazz Top 20. It’s rewarding to have such a great reception for the Track which features Ragan Whiteside, Magdalena Chovancova with players Nathaniel Kearney, Jay Williams, Curtis McCain and mixed by Paul Brown.
As February closes I am challenged to write and record new material for my Album which is starting to come together. My Las Vegas Show is coming up April 12 at the Smith Center, and I’ve added Ragan Whiteside as a Guest Artist with bandmates Joseph Patrick Moore, Chris Harris, and Wayne Viar. And in between it all I’m “doing life“ with my family in Atlanta.
Well, That’s all for now . Stay tuned for more to come ….