Dallas, TX -  Back in Texas this week enjoying nice weather, great coffee and wonderful friendships for a few days!

Excited to be recording record with longtime collaborator Garrett Wingfield on saxophones. We recorded an improvised duo release about a year ago "Yeah, No Thanks" that can be found here. This time we've brought more saxophones (double baritone saxes, C and Bb Tenors, and alto) and clarinets (Bb's and Bass) to add to the mix. We're joined by bassist Chris Wright and longtime friend John Sturino (we played together in the Jazz Band of America 2012!) on drums and vibraphone too. 

Stay tuned for more updates and pictures coming on social media! Until soon....

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Photo: John - organizational mastermind - getting music and folders together 


Excited to be presenting my trio and quartet music for the first in New York City! 

I've been playing lots with these fine fellows, and am happy they could join me for this. Hope to see you at one of these shows!

And, they're on either side of halloween....so I won't be wearing a costume, but the spirit of this time of year will be with the band. Looking forward to this!....


This is hard to put into words. Today, we played a short set at a hurricane shelter for evacuees from the Florida Keys that came up to take shelter during Hurricane Irma. I'd heard that some of these people had been there for almost a week.

Some had only a bag with clothes and essentials, and the mat they were sleeping on. Others were with their families, young and old. It's hard to imagine what these folks might be thinking, aware of the possibility that they may not have a home to get back to.

After we played, we received an outpouring of gratitude. Many came to us teary eyed and thanked us for taking a few minutes to play for them and raise spirits. We did almost nothing, but what a great feeling it is to make someone's day better, if only for a little while. I'm so thankful that I could.

Music is a powerful force. It's also sound and it's meaningless. But good intention, action, and humans helping and loving one another- that's real.

Kudos to Florida International University and the American Red Cross for stepping up and helping out during times like these.

I've been living in Brooklyn for almost two months and oh my goodness is this place magical. So happy to be living here experiencing this energy and all kinds of different musics, arts, foods, cultures, whatever. Through all of it, it's been great to play with Sound Underground again now that we all live in the same city again!

A few nights ago, we played at The Kennedy Center's Millenium Stage. Check out the recording of the live stream here!

On September 21, we will play our first show as New York residents at Bar Next Door. Sets at 830 and 1030. $12 cover. Hope we'll see you there!

Well, last night was a total blast. What a way to go out!

So thankful for The Fish House and all they've done for me over the past 6 years. Its been an incredible growthful experience to have my own night and the freedom to do anything I wanted with it. It was great to see so many friends last night, and so many that have helped make that space on wednesday nights what it is today. Moving to Brooklyn in just a few days!!

Also very many thanks to Georgine for the surprise cupcakes! And to the Fish House Mayor/ and official photographer Mandy Leon for all the candids all these years.

Going out with a....(bang)