Busy coupla weeks, and it continues!

Hey All!

I am just returning from New Orleans where I played the French Quarter almost every night. Let me know if you want to know of some cool places to go or if you need accoms if you visit the Big Easy!

Wednesday at 8pm I start a new jazz series at Romano's Restaurant at 4600 E Hastings in Bby. I should have some special guests show up, and even have a singer coming all the way from Australia!

Friday I bring my full five piece band into the 1789 Restaurant and Lounge (1789 Comox@Denman) at 8 pm for a show of concert style originals. Rezzies!

Saturday I return to my regular haunt at Ten Ten Tapas (1010 Beach Ave on seawall). I start at 7 pm  with some juicy jazz and expect a busy night with guests, patio, and yummy tapas. Rezzies!

Hope you make it out!!!

New Orleans and new chart action

I'm in New Orleans this week and played Maison Bourbon, Buffas, and the Mahogany Jazz Hall- the city where Trumpet Is King! 
Also still getting some great chart exposure as featured artist with Bob Baldwin's Chameleon 3000

B.C. Gov't and Teachers: Agree to Arbitration

Call to action!!!!

 -- There's a new petition taking off on Change.org, and we think you might be interested in signing it.

Premier Christy Clark and Government of British Columbia: We the people of British Columbia urge and expect that you solve the present crisis and let our schools open by agreeing to arbitration.

Niovi Patsicakis
Surrey, British Columbia


      We disagree with the position that funding for class size and composition not be part of bargaining but for now settle all else and then continue negotiating.  Special education students or any type of learner can’t be blamed for the present underfunding we are facing in our schools. Teachers can’t be blamed and have shown flexibility and initiative to find a settlement. We want more supports for our special needs students as soon as possible.

      The problem is not with our special needs children and how to service them, as government continues to imply and muddles the waters but with the chronic erosion in funding impacting all classrooms. There has been a 12 year struggle to regain the funding that was taken away from all students resulting in unworkable learning and teaching conditions. Class size, composition and ratios to specialist workloads have worked well before government took that language away in 2002. Matching need with service is the best way to guarantee support for students and allow the classroom teacher to focus on all children. Schools require resource, learning assistance and integration teachers, psychologists, counselors, librarians, speech and language pathologists, English language teachers, music and drama teachers, Educational Assistants etc. to provide excellent and timely service to students.          

    Twice the courts found government wrong and ordered it to make amends and return that language. Now government continues to impose preconditions and not moving their position when teachers are. This is unacceptable to us as students, parents, teachers and taxpaying citizens. We all want schools to open as soon as possible. We demand that government lift the stumbling block to mediation (E80) which is that teachers sign away what they won in the courts. We urgently expect government to agree to binding arbitration and support public education, the cornerstone of our democratic society and future prosperity.

Still on the Charts

I have the good fortune to still be exposed on the Contemporary Jazz Charts with keyboardist Bob Baldwin's juggernaut Chameleon 3000, and my good friend (also a keyboardist) Greg Manning has had amazing success with his last and current album. Both Greg and Bob will be featured on my upcoming album HORNUCOPIA...

Other Vancouverites making a splash on the mainstream side is vibraphonist and drummer Craig Scott who makes his debut, and sax stalwart Cory Weeds. Legendary guitarist Ollie Gannon also has a high ranking on the charts. Worth picking up- all of them!

Go team!

Special guests tonight!

The warm weather continues and the patio is still in full bloom at Ten Ten Tapas (1010 Beach Ave), where I will be performing tonight as per my usual Rockin' the Ribjoint Saturday event.

There are some noteworthy additions to the lineup tonight, including Van Le, a crossover violinist who doesn't just fiddle about when it comes to great music. She will perform a variety of tunes with us tonight, and is just getting her feet wet in Vancouver!

Also on the agenda is Vancouver's near legendary soulman Billy Dixon, and the jazz and blues belter Lisa Fennell. Both have 'pipes' for days and will help get the place jumping. Gerry Boey will 'horn in' too!

In other news, I am off to New Orleans Monday for a more than a week, and when I return I have a couple of brand new venues I will be playing before I pick up again at Ten Ten:

Wed, Sept 17 I am doing the inaugural launch of Romano's Restaurant's Jazz Night. A fun new venue for live music at 4660 Hastings, Bby.

And on Friday, Sept 19 I bring my full five piece band into 1789.ca for two show sets of original tunes. I will debut tunes from my upcoming album 'Hornucopia' and we will let it all hang out!

See you tonight and the week of Sept 17, 19,and 20!

The Sunshine (and Music) returns!

Mother Nature reminded us to not take warm weather for granted, and ushered in Autumn with a blustery few days. She has relented however, and the next few days are just like old times!

This is great news for music lovers and foodies..... take note:

This Thursday (Sept 4) I will be sitting in at the Fairview Pub (B'way @Laurel) at 6 pm engaging in Beer, Beef, and Blues. The inimitable John Nolan has been holding court there for years and always has great players in the band.... come and be surprised.

Friday at noon, I am performing a free outdoor concert with Vancouver's most notable old school R&B singer, Billy Dixon. He will have his full Soultrain Express band in action and I will be on trombone. Come on down to Bentall Tower 4 (1055 Dunsmuir, lower plaza) for a great lunchtime show from noon to 1:30. Lots of seating and food stands nearby. Sunshine is guaranteed!

Saturday the 6th, at 7 pm, I will be performing at my regular Rockin' The Ribjoint Saturday Party at Ten Ten Tapas (1010 Beach on the seawall). This place is the perfect trifecta of food, music, and view, and the ribs are unparalleled. The patio is amazing and Chef Matthew always adds new and exciting dishes to the menu. He is a highly trained, award winning culinary master, and must be experienced! Lots of guests show up for a jam, and there is (literally) dancing in the aisles....

Sunday I have a private event on Granville Island, but intend to sneak over on a break to see Dave Guiney's Swing Aggregation at the Arts Club Backstage Lounge. Well worth the small cover!

See you this weekend- and bring your shades!

Here is a sample of a new track on my album scheduled for October... Night Sky (featuring the sax of Rock Hendricks of the Paul Hardcastle Band)

Long Weekend Music Fun

Well, judging by the calendar AND the rain, we have have hit the denouement of the Summer. It ain't over yet, however... we have this one great weekend to look forward to, with a perfectly situated Labor Day! After that, if global warming plays us a good hand, we will have a stunning Indian Summer, as we have been known to have (back when it was politically correct to do so).

So, make this the weekend you meant to have all summer... hit the PNE (early), and in the evening come enjoy yourself with an evening of jazzy music, food, gambling, and take in the view....

Tonight (Friday) I am at the Hard Rock Casino (Coquitlam) in the Unlisted Lounge. I love this place! The food is good (my fav: the fish tacos). I start at 9:30 and go till 12:30, so come around 8 pm, drop $40 on the slots, and have some food and a cocktail while diggin' on the freshest and funkiest jazz around... I am there most Fridays, so check the schedule.

Tomorrow (Saturday) I am at my longstanding haunt Ten Ten Tapas, where the musical guests come by in droves and we always have a real jammin' party. It is not sleepy there, the music cooks! The view is unmatched and the food even more unmatched (is that even a phrase?), and you make excellent friends there ALWAYS! They serve tapas style dishes (NOT Spanish tapas!) and are perfect, succulent portions with a nice price. Come and enjoy a meal and a cocktail for $20!

Sunday afternoon from 3 - 5 pm I am back at the Hard Rock in the event you want to win back that $40 from Friday  ;)

Come say hi!

I have a new album coming in October, and I try to keep the music pretty FONKY, but here is a little bonus, the one love song I have been working on... a little 'bedroom music' if you will...


Lobby The Copyright Board!

The Canadian Copyright Board has drastically cut the airplay royalties for Canadian Musicians, crippling an already struggling industry. You can do something to help.... write these honchos and speak your mind...



You can write the Board members or call directly. Here are the contact details.

Sample letter:

To The Canadian Copyright Board,

Although music and its production still remain in high demand, the music industry has been decimated by many cruel blows over the last 10 years. The one remaining viable revenue stream left standing has been cut off at the knees by an arguably lobby-ist driven rate downgrade, and will surely diminish or curtail future productions that feed the system. Although market demand for music is high, the usual laws of supply and demand have been turfed by a detrimental stroke of the pen. Canadians aren't even on a commensurate rate scale as Americans, who are notorious for this type of bureaucratic myopia. Do you think music grows on trees? Get with it and fix this!'


AFM President Blasts NFL Super Bowl Halftime Kickback Scheme

Pay for play.... What a concept! 
(Isn't it supposed to be the other way around?)

AFM - American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                       

August 21, 2014                                                                                          

Contact: Antoinette Follett

(315) 422-4488 ext. 106


               AFM President Blasts NFL Super Bowl Halftime Kickback Scheme

New York, NY – In what could be deemed the most colossal pay to play scheme ever, the National Football League (NFL) has reportedly asked potential Super Bowl halftime performers if they would be willing to pay the league to play at its big game.
"It's not like the NFL and its Super Bowl organizers don't have any money and can't afford to pay for halftime show performances, it's about the insatiable thirst for profits at the expense of great musical entertainment and those who create it. You can find kickback schemes like this coming from unscrupulous bar and nightclub owners, but for the NFL to descend to such depths would be unconscionable,” said American Federation of Musicians International President Ray Hair.

The AFM will bring the matter up for discussion with the AFL-CIO's Department of Professional Employees which includes representatives from all US art and entertainment unions, including the NFL Players Association.

Though the NFL doesn't usually pay the performing halftime acts, this seems to be a new low. The NFL has reportedly shortlisted its choices for next year's Super Bowl halftime show to Rihanna, Coldplay and Katie Perry, and was also reported to have requested a portion of post-show tour earnings to secure the booking. A 30-second TV commercial cost $3.8 million and there were 45 minutes of advertisements during the game. The league's annual revenue is more than $9 billion, and Commissioner Roger Goodell says he would like to reach $25 billion by 2027.

ABOUT THE AFM--Founded in 1896, the American Federation of Musicians of the United States and Canada (AFM), AFL-CIO, is the largest organization in the world dedicated to representing the interests of professional musicians. With more than 80,000 members, the AFM represents all types of professional musicians, including those who record music for sound recordings, film scores, videogames, radio, television and commercial announcements, as well as perform music of every genre in every sort of venue from small jazz clubs to symphony orchestra halls to major stadiums. Whether negotiating fair agreements, protecting ownership of recorded music, securing benefits such as health care and pension, or lobbying legislators, the AFM is committed to raising industry standards and placing the professional musician in the foreground of the cultural landscape. For more information, contact the main number at (212) 869-1330 or visit the website at www.afm.org.

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