First the current news, then to catch up a bit…
Starting Thursday, May 3rd and continuing the 1st Thursday of every month at 9:30pm at the Metropolitan Room I will host my new show called “Duos”. I’ll have two guests, each of whom will do a few songs with me. This month I have Nina Hennessey and Brian Camelio. Other confirmed guests so far: Will Ackerman, Tuck Andress & Patti Cathcart, Karen Akers, Jim Brickman, Robert Cucciolo, Carole Demas, KJ Denhert, Will Galison, Yaron Gerchovsky, Shem Guibbory, Barbara Higbie, Liz Larsen, Rhonda Larson, Mark Rapp, Paula Robison, Liz Story, Samite, Wendy Starland, Gordon Stone, Craig Taubman
Thursday, May 3 at 9:30pm – $20 / 2 bev. min. 212.206.0440 – 34 West 22nd Street, NYC
Then next Tuesday the 8th at 8:00pm at Iridium Jazz Club, Ian Herman and I do our show 110 Strings. All original music by Ian and me. Words can’t describe it – you gotta’ come see it. We’re having so much fun putting it together…
Tuesday, May 8 at 9:00pm – $25 212.582.2121 – 1650 Broadway at 51st, NYC
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Once again I skipped the steady weekly postings and now have to catch up. For a LOT. I’ll keep it to kind of a list format and use pictures wherever possible. (My camera broke so I’m at the mercy of others for their kindness) Here goes…
[Grover Washington,Jr., etc.], Michael Visceglia [Susanne Vega, etc], and Patrick Pfeiffer [PHX, For Dummies, Hal Leaonard, Schirmer, etc]; the rhythm section was David Meade [dr], Mitch Schechter [p], Brian Sears [sax], and me.
Karen Oberlin and I had a nice run of events from the Nitelife Awards at Town Hall; the National Arts Club; Feinstein’s; 3 nights at the Metropolitan Room; and Ronny Whyte’s Midtown Jazz at Midday series at St. Peter’s.
Craig Taubman and I gave concerts in West Palm Beach Island and Beverly Hills. We did some video too, I’ll keep you posted. He remains the best I’ve ever seen at How To Connect With An Audience. A blessing, he is.
Mark Miller took his septet in to Systems Two recording studio in Brooklyn to immortalize his absolutely gorgeous contribution to the world of music. I’m humbled to be in the cast with Mark, Nicki Denner, Anton Denner, Cliff Lyons, William ‘Beaver’ Bausch, and Gary Wang. We’re doing a show Tuesday, May 1 at 9p at Somethin’ Jazz Club on East 52 by 3rd ave.
KJ Denhert and I have been getting together a lot at the 55 Bar and Saturday brunches at Smoke. She reminds me why I do this.
Bob Stillman put together a beautiful show at the Winter Garden Atrium with the combined talents of Bryce Ryness, Martha Redbone, Rachel Bay Jones, and Bria Skonberg.
Carole Demas, Ian Herman, and I finished our run of shows at the Laurie Beechman Theatre. We’ll break ground on a new project soon… In addition to becoming a dear friend, she is to me an inspiring phenomenon.
Dawn Derow and I did a whole run of kickin’ shows as a duo. Randie Shane [video link!] also put the faith in me as sole accompanist to wonderful results. Tamela D’Amico made a record with a 10 piece band, Jeff Franzel at the helm. Tom Vaughan had such a good turnout and response to his birthday show at the Metropolitan Room that he did an encore performance. Nina Siegel stole my heart at her shows at the Beechman. Keep an eye out for Nina…
Mark Goodman called me in last minute to fill out the very large band supporting Lucio Fernandez for Less Cuban Than Ever. What a riot! Stacy Sullivan and Jon Weber entrusted me to the guitar chair in her Peggy Lee tribute at the Iridium. What an honor! The Salon with Mark Janas had me as a host with a full dance card of my ladies in attendance. A night to remember, for sure. What I remember of it…
Natalie Douglas put me onstage at Birdland Jazz Club for two shows – a tribute to Nina Simone and the powerfully moving Freedom Songs show.
Music At The Mansion invited me back for a lovely Sunday afternoon show; Anders Holst has been growing a wonderful trio presentation with Bennett Paster and I; Monique Varsames debuted at the Metropolitan Room with Sparkie Sandler on drums, Skip Ward bassing one night and Mimi Jones another; powerhouse talent Collen McHugh dazzled ’em twice more at the Duplex with Tedd Firth, Steve Doyle, and I; and Pamela Luss blessed me by putting me on stage with Houston Person, Brandon McCune, Cook Broadnax, Jaimeo Brown, and John Burr. Gabrielle Stravelli invited me to trio with her and bassist deluxe Patrick O’Leary at Le Pescadeaux in the Village. Joshua Stedman graced the Bitter End once again with his soulful songs – along with Donna Kelly and bassist deluxe Andy Galore !
The MAC Awards this year threw me a curve ball when our H2 CD “Home For The Holidays” got Best Recording of 2012. A wonderful surprise, that. It’s such an honor to be a part of this thriving community in New York that a little holiday music was the least I could offer. A MAC Award was way more than I ever expected.
The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey celebrated its 50th anniversary this year at their annual Gala – my fourth time at the post. Luminaries this year included Baby Jane Dexter, Robert Cuccioli, Donna Bullock, Tamara Tunie, Gregory Generet, Joe Discher, Tom Galantich, Jay Liebowitz, Peri Gilpin, and Jim Reilly. All were fortunate to enjoy the musical red-carpet of music director Doug Oberhamer.
Terese Genecco celebrated her third year of monthly shows at Iridium Jazz Club with a new live CD, and even got a partially accurate review by the New York Times [syntax Stephen, syntax… someone ELSE called her the love child of… oh, never mind].
Tycoon Dog has started the outdoor Sunday afternoon concert series!
As if nothing else were going on – Karen Kohler and I have taken to illuminating the underworld of The City with renegade Art and Beauty by doing random sets in the Subway…
I have come to truly love New York City. Coming as I did from the natural splendor of Vermont I resisted that for years, but now it’s unavoidable. This town is amazing. Every week I meet new people of dizzying ability who know all the same people I know and we just met somehow. Where else?
May your days be blessed,