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!