Blog- November 2015

Hello again, and happy fall. I have a busy season coming up, including a major performance in New York City on November 14 at Rockwood Music Hall, Stage 3 (located on the Lower East Side). The show was originally scheduled for the Whynot Jazz Room, but I’m happy to say that there’s an official new location for the gig. It’s a beautiful venue.

Plus, there’s a new exciting funk project coming up- the Boston debut show of my “groove experiment” (funk project), with an all-star cast of Berklee jazz musicians. I haven’t done “crossover” material like this before, so I’m really excited to be starting this new band. This show is on November 18 at 10 PM, at the Midway Cafe in the Boston neighborhood of Jamaica Plain.

I’ve been recording a lot recently. A few months ago, I released a summer “fusion” single called “Go On.” But I also recorded another piece during the same sessions… an introspective ballad called “The Day Before.” This one is a trio song, and it has a totally opposite feel from “Go On.” Both songs feature piano and electronic keyboard solos. “The Day Before” will be released on November 13, 2015.

In September, bassist Shota Ishikawa and I recorded a live duo album (under Shota’s name) in Japan. This album is predominantly standards, and it’s unlike anything I’ve ever done. We previously collaborated on our most recent album, A Live Celebration, which was recorded during my 2012 tour of Japan. But we now have a new album, and it’s going to be released in the coming months.

I have to sign off now to prepare for all these gigs in a row (including performances in New Hampshire and Canada during the same weekend). But it’s all excitement from here.

Hope to see you soon,

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