June 28, 2006 TOKYO
recently noticed that some of my favorite artists' websites feature a
blog section. ChristianMcBride.com and TerriLyneCarrington.com
are two excellent examples. I thought I would add a more personal touch
to my website by doing the same. As always, your suggestions and comments are very welcome, so feel free to contact me anytime.
I am writing this first entry from my room at the Capitol Tokyu Hotel in Tokyo. I've spent this past week here in Japan with Eldar and Todd Strait, playing some concerts and meeting up with the press to promote the newly released CD "Eldar: Live at the Blue Note". Sony Japan has released the CD with a slightly different artwork, which I kinda prefer, compared to the US version. I am not sure what the European version looks like... maybe it has its own different design, too? This is my third visit here in Japan, and it's been quite enjoyable so far. Musicians are treated like royalty here, and the sound guys work very hard with the performers to make sure that the sound on stage is nothing less than perfect. Playing live with two rented basses (upright and electric) has been a bit of a challenge, since the action on both instruments was much higher than I can normally handle, but with some bridge tweaking, I was able to make it work without putting myself at risk for some nasty tendonitis.
great to acknowledge that within the past three months I have been
blessed with the opportunity to perform in three different continents
(Europe, America and Asia). To me, it's definitely a dream come true,
and I am thankful to Eldar and Sony for letting me be part of this
journey. If you happen to be in New York City, July 5-9, please come to
the Blue Note for our official CD release party. We're sharing the
stage with jazz legend Randy Weston, who's also releasing his own new
CD, and I am sure that we will all be
having a great time.
and I will be touring the US extensively over the summer and fall, in
several cities including Los Angeles, Atlanta, D.C., Cleveland,
Seattle, San Jose, Monterey, Oakland, Chicago, and more. Some European
dates are also being booked. I hope to see
some of you at the gigs, let's hang!
though Eldar's gig has been keeping me quite busy of late, I have
resumed writing my original music, which is something I deeply love
doing. My plan is to form a steady quartet (possibly, a quintet) and
record it by the end of the year, if a label interest will come to
fruition. Over the past
couple of years, I have been really admiring several NYC-based peers of
mine like Marcus Strickland, Mike Moreno, Kendrick Scott and Jonathan Kreisberg
for being able to balance their major gigs with their own
original projects. My goal is to follow their example, and come up with
a quality original project, possibly employing some of the talented
musicians I have
just mentioned, since they have all shown to be not only great
performers, but great composers as well. I firmly believe that
composition, more so than performing, is the one tool that allows any
musician to let his or her
true musical self come through. And statistically, the great performers
of our time are also the best composers (Herbie Hancock and Wayne
Shorter come to mind).
That's it for now... thank you all for your support, and stay tuned for another update sometimes soon.
June 22, 2009 NEW YORK, NY
Playing trio with Dado Moroni and Alvin Queen this past weekend here in New York City was really something else! Dado and Alvin are true living masters of this art form we call Jazz, and their ability to communicate with each other on stage is unbelievable. Rightfully so, I would say, they've played music together for the past 30 years!
The house was packed at each one of the four shows we played, and the following world-famous musicians could be spotted in the audience: Cedar Walton, Bill Goodwin, Lew Tabackin, Russell Malone, Lewis Nash, Peter Washington, Don Friedman, Jed Levy, Duduka da Fonseca, Maucha Audnet, Helio Alves, Hendrick Meurkens, Mark Taylor, Elias Bailey, Rossano Sportiello, Joris Roelofs, Fabio Morgera, and the list goes on and on. Can you imagine the pressure! But it was the greatest hang ever, before and after the shows.
I'll definitely be looking forward to the next performing opportunity with Dado and Alvin. It's gonna be a treat, these guys are the real deal!
(pictured below: Dado, Alvin and Marco at the end of the last show)
August 17, 2009 NEW YORK, NY