November 15, 2016
Autumn 2016 Update + Free download!
Been a while since I’ve done an update on here… Needless to say, it’s been a busy summer and fall!! Lots of jazz festival activity in June and July plus a few appearances at Birdland in NYC, combined with continuing with the ongoing run of Matilda in Toronto (Mirvish).
Sean Harkness and I have been plugging away on a new album – to be released in the new year – which has involved lots of travelling back and forth between home in Ontario and NYC for writing, recording, etc. The new album is going to be called, and trust me when I say we spent many an hour struggling with this follow-up to our first album entitled “Flights Vol. 1”,… brace yerselves.. this is a stretch… might have to include some sort of decrypting device with this album just so everyone can keep up with our creative genius in naming albums… “FLIGHTS VOL. 2”. That’s right… we finally came up with that. In any event, what we lack in album-naming creativity, we hope to make up for with a bunch of new material that we had a lot of fun touring this summer. More to come on this!!
This fall brought me out to Vancouver – my old stomping grounds – for a very memorable and enjoyable recording session with John Korsrud and the Hard Rubber Orchestra. We spent a couple of days at the Armoury Studio to document a suite written by Kenny Wheeler especially for the HRO. This commission is the last large ensemble major work to be composed by Kenny and it was a thrill and an honour to be “sitting in his seat” to perform this beautiful music. I am very much looking forward to hearing the results when the album is released in 2017.
Along with all of this, I spent some time recording all the horn tracks for Richie Sambora’s upcoming release, as well as quite a bit of tracking for tv and film projects… more on that as I know exactly which tv shows and movies they were for. I often don’t bother to ask 🙂
With all this, I am still quite thrilled with how my own recent release, Isn’t Life Grand, has been supported and received. We’re getting airplay all around North America and have had some wonderful reviews.
Please help yourself, pass on the good word (if you like it), and accept my gratitude for the time you have taken to read this and listen to my music.
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