This is one of those 'not sure if it is a long weekend' situations..... some people go out of town, some stay home and chill, and some venture forth and experience life. Always choose the latter!
I have been in the studio every day for several weeks, winding up my new cd Open Invitation, and squeezing in gigs as they come along.
Last night I had a real firecracker of a gig with John Nolan and Chris Sigerson at the Fairview Pub... man. we were smokin'! We hit the bebop books real hard, something I don't get to do as often as I'd like. I am rather partial to the sweet and funky flavor of contemporary jazz, but I do walk the line!
The weather is uncertain these days, but come join me for a warm and inviting Saturday eve at my ongoing haunt Ten Ten Tapas, where we will have some fabulous guests including LJ Mounteney and Gunther Klaus. I am unveiling my new tunes as we go along...
Be there or be square @ 7 pm, and rezzies are recommended. It is always a blast.
Tuesday we all honor the fallen and those who served to protect our freedom. Remembrance Day is a day of somber reflection. You can be a Hawk or a Dove, but you still owe a debt of gratitude to those who put their lives on the line.
I created/edited my first full HD video to one of my songs, from my album Cool Down, called Come Back Home (Song For The Soldiers) and I would like to share it with you now:
Check out this video of this old soul in a young body:
By now you know that my Halloween TRICK was a bit late in coming, but the TREAT is that I will be performing this Thursday at the Fairview (B'way and Laurel St, Vancouver) from 7-10 pm with much more mature masters.
Craft beer, decent pub food, and scorching hot licks!
Here is a sample of my straight ahead stuff, be prepared to get your bebop on!
Rockin' The Ribjoint from 2011 Album of the Year (Canadian Smooth Jazz Awards)
Starpixie from 2012-2013 Kissed By The Sun
Lock It Up from 2012-2013 Kissed By The Sun
Ready When You Are from 2012-2013 Kissed By The Sun
Seabreeze as featured soloist from Bob Baldwin's 2014 release Twenty
Chameleon 3000 as featured soloist from Bob Baldwin's 2014 release Twenty
Apache Warrior as featured soloist on 2014 Paul Hardcastle 7
What a beautiful day it turned out be in Vancouver! Coincidentally it is a perfect day to pop out for a tasty dinner and some (also) tasty jazz and R&B with moi!
I'l be at Ten Ten Tapas tonight at 7 pm with my special guest performers Lisa Fennell and Billy Dixon, both stars in their own rights~ we really get the place Rockin' till around 10 pm ... and on that note:
The master chef there Matthew Phillip has named a dish in honour of my first Billboard charting hit Rockin' the Ribjoint (download/stream link below) called Rockin' Ribs!
HALLOWEEN FRIDAY I am performing with my full band at 1789.ca, the great restaurant and music bar on Comox @ Denman. Costumes are optional, but funny hats and noses are likely to adorn band members....
Come hear some first time performances of new tracks from my upcoming album OPEN INVITATION, and check out the new lineup of hotshots I will have with me: Olaf Deshield on guitar; Brian Scott on bass; Jason DeCouto on keys, and my old standby Don Powrie on drums. We play it FUNKY!
Hey Friends and Fans,
Lots to report this week!
I have been in the studio long hours and am nearing completion on my new album Open Invitation.
The first single is going for adds at radio Oct 27 and it is a real bottle rocket!
It features chart topper Greg Manning on keys and an explosive rhythm track by Lew Laing...
Stream or download PROPULSION below.
Don't forget my regular Rockin' the Ribjoint event at Ten Ten Tapas this Saturday... special guests will be on hand. I love the vibe there!
Be sure to save Halloween (Friday Oct 31) for a very spooktacular (but still jazzy&funky) 8 pm performance at Club 1789.
It is situated on Comox @Denman, next to the Coast Hotel. I have a new crew on deck, including Olaf Deshield on guitar, Jason DeCouto on keys, stalwart Donny Powrie on drums, and local groovemaster Brian Scott on bass. We will be debuting some tunes from the new album, of which advance copies will be available Dec 1, with a full worldwide release Jan 18, 2015.
I want you to come on out for one of these and have an awesome time!