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....