Hello! It's been a busy couple of months and I've made some incredible music! Earlier this month, I played my Senior recital for the Frost School of Music with some of my best friends in the world. The program featured music I'd written for sax trio and a quintet and also featured a piece I wrote for a nonet with four brass and rhythm section. This nonet was split up into three movements; the middle movement was an arrangement of one of my favorite themes in the whole world, the theme from Holst's "Jupiter". The piece also featured some conduction and group improvisation- it was a total blast!
Hello! I've had a packed few months and am happy to finally a few days off and spend some time with my family. Going backwards, working with trombonist and composer Alan Ferber last week was a total blast. I've been a fan of his music for a while and preparing it alongside him and CJB was a dream come true. The week before that, I turned 22! To celebrate, I wrote a set's worth of arrangements and originals to feature a band of musical mentor/ heroes/ friends. That band featured John Daversa- trumpet, Martin Bejerano- piano, Lowell Ringel-bass, and Evan Hyde- drums.
Early November included performances with Sound Underground (SU), Terence Blanchard at the Arsht Center, Gonzalo Rubalcaba, Seattle-based trumpetist and composer Samantha Boshnack, The Frost Sextet, #bicmnrosfulmfrenh, and a performance as part of the Miami Sax Summit among others! I also cant forget to mention SU's quick trip to Bulgaria to play the Haskovo Jazz Festival- what an incredible time we had hanging over there for Independence Day! Cant wait to see what December and 2016 have in store!
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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!
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!
Many 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....