Wow- What an incredible 6 weeks I've had away from home! I've been traveling quite a bit...first to Alaska for some time with my family, then to NYC where I probably spent more money in two weeks than I should have. I had the time of my life in that city! While attending the SIM workshop in Brooklyn, I got to work with some of my musical heroes- Tim Berne, Tony Malaby, Tom Rainey, Ralph Alessi, Kris Davis, Tyshawn Sorey and countless others. Also got to see so many others perform every night (and that was the expensive part!). Also played two very cool shows with Sound Underground while there.

After a hectic and tiring, but extremely productive and inspiring two weeks in The Big Apple, I made my way to Hillsborough, North Carolina for some time with one of my best friends and favorite bass players, Lowell Ringel (check out his brand new website!). I'd never been a place where you could see so many stars at night- I loved the mountains and the fresh air....a very welcome change to the NYC lifestyle. While there I wrote some wonderful new music for our trio and also performed at a hidden gem in Durham, the Sharp 9 Gallery. Locals, check this place out!

After all that, I'm glad to be back home and at school at UM taking on my last year as an undergrad. I'm extremely grateful to be playing in the Concert Jazz Band and the Frost Sextet here at school, and at some of the usual spots around Miami. Thanks for reading-Here's to a great year!

David

Hello! I just got back from a fantastic tour through Northern California (and Reno, Nevada quickly) with Sound Underground. I loved it!
I met so many great friends, played heaps of great music and really enjoyed the weather! Thanks to all those who hosted us and made our time so special. Looking forward to more dates with this band- some of my best friends....

I'd also like to thank GRAMMY U for a cool article that features me as a GRAMMY U member. Check it out here!

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any thanks to the giant finger who was kind enough to take our picture at Lake Tahoe.

What a thrilling two months I've had! Beginning in late March, I participated in a two week workshop at the Kennedy Center led by Jason Moran: Betty Carter's Jazz Ahead. About a month later, I've had some time to reflect and am now realizing just how lasting of an impact that experience will have on me. The faculty included J.D. Allen, Eric Revis, Eric Harland, Carmen Lundy, Andre Hayward, and Cyrus Chestnut. They were adamant about holding us to a higher standard of excellence but still tender in the process. What a fantastic group of people to work with! The students at Jazz Ahead were incredible as well and I'm sure I've made friends for a lifetime. Can't wait to play music again with these guys. Our performances are archived and will be up on the Kennedy Center website soon- stay tuned for that link!

After Washington, I joined Taylor Ho Bynum and his 7-tette which included for a show with MDC Live Arts. That band was so IN the music and are all such nice people. I'm happy to have made new friends! Just last night, I met a fantastic singer, Vivian Sessoms, which was performing at MOCA. She invited me to the stage to join her for an impromptu song- Betty Carter's "Tight"! It was a hilarious coincidence, but a fun experience- she sounded fantastic!

As the school year is winding down, I'm looking forward to a relaxing summer between playing opportunities. Beginning in late May, Sound Underground will be touring California for two weeks. Im looking forward to my first visit to San Francisco! Back in Miami, I'll be performing lots with one of my favorite bassists through the month of June- Dion Kerr. Stay tuned for those dates! I'll also be spending two weeks in NYC at the School for Improvised Music directed by Ralph Alessi. Really excited to be working with some of my musical heroes there too!

Till next time....

Hello! This past month has been such an incredible month of music for me. I am so grateful to making so much music with so many musicians that allow me to be me! A huge shoutout to bassist Kenneth Jimenez for having me bring of myself to his original music a few times now at Lagniappe House. I'm also very grateful for recent collaborations with Kate Reid and Ira Sullivan at The Fish House and for all those who join me when I lead conductions!

I'm also very happy to share a great review from All About Jazz about Sound Underground's debut album! Check it out at the link below:

"The trio fits well together, creating a fresh sound...uncluttered and open...capable of grabbing a listener's attention and holding it indefinitely. From first note to last, this is a highly enjoyable album that leaves one thirsting for its successor... They have a very bright future." All About Jazz 

http://www.allaboutjazz.com/sound-underground-sound-underground-jonah-udall-music-review-by-john-eyles.php

I was also selected as a participant of the 2015 Betty Carter Jazz Ahead Program. I'm so thrilled to be spending two weeks at the Kennedy Center working with Jason Moran, JD Allen, Eric Harland, Carmen Lundy and others in addition to my peers! 

Hello! These past months, I’ve had such a blast playing music in Miami. In the past few weeks I’ve played Argentinian-tinged jazz with Roxana Amed and Martin Bejerano, Bulgarian-influenced jazz with Errol Rackipov, and Israeli-influenced jazz with Nadav Remez. It has been such a pleasure with these artists! We toured Nadav’s music around Miami for a whole week and it was so great to reconnect after having met in Banff like this.

The Fish House is still going strong too! We are starting to have more and more guest artists. January’s shows included saxophonist Josh Quinlan, Wendy Pedersen and Jim Gasior, an Eric Dolphy/ Ornette Coleman tribute with John Daversa, and of course Nadav Remez! Be on the lookout for the schedule, there are more great acts to come!

I’m so happy that I can pursue my personal interests and continue to play with such great musicians here in Miami. I hope there’s more to come!

Hi! I've been very busy lately and it's hard to find time to update these BUT I am getting around to it. Thanks for reading!

This semester has been incredibly eventful. I've played some of John Daversa's newest arrangements of Beatles music with CJB (soon to be recorded under his own name), played at the Arsht and the brand new Dr. Phillip's Center in Orlando with the HMI Orchestra, played some of my own new music with a newly formed trio #bicmenrosfulmfrenh and have pursuing other musical endeavors with side projects including a conduction ensemble with some friends! Needless to say, it's been incredibly hectic but worthwhile! 

I can't forget to mention the work we've been doing with Sound Underground either. We've performed at a few venues around town and are writing new music for the group too! The picture you see above is from a radio performance/ interview we did shortly ago. Thanks to Phillip Avello for the photo! Be sure to catch Sound Underground at Carnaval on the Mile 2015!

As I get ready for winter break before another crazy semester, I've taken on a new regular gig I just started doing at a great place very close to UM, the Gourmet Table. This place has a great outside courtyard and serves a unique blend of Lebanese/ Venezuelan food that is delicious! I'll be playing there with some of my best friends, all trios and duos, on Fridays and Saturday's from 8pm-11pm. Hope I'll see you there! 

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