I had the best time in Australia and New Zealand this past month. Check out my photo montage:)
The first stop was New Zealand. We made it to the north part of the island, and it was beautiful. Auckland was a refreshing city.
I had a chance to explore Sydney quite a bit. This shot is taken from the Royal Botanic Gardens right across from the Opera House.
We travelled to Brisbane which was a nice warm town (Australia is in its’ winter so this was a nice departure).
Australia loves their Ferris Wheels.
Melbourne was more my speed. It’s an amazing city with a European vibe, lots of great cafes and bars, and a riverwalk that was jumping at night.
Our last stop was in Perth. We took advantage of a day off to take the train to the Indian Ocean!! That was my favorite part of the trip. The ocean was a clear dark blue, and wild beautiful birds were everywhere. Annette (one of the backup singers) and I spent about 3 hours at a cafe (Il Lido) on the beach enjoying breakfast, coffees, then champagne, some wine, lunch….etc. Great experience!
Recently, after years of enjoying sweet treats, coffee, diet coke, and adult beverages, my body decided I was done. I was getting frequent dizzy spells, blood sugar crashes and just constant low energy. I tried cutting out certain things like just pasta or just sweets, but I was still having the same issues. So, I decided to go cold turkey and it actually worked great. I cut out everything that I thought I loved, including coffee:( – but found so many other things to replace cravings for sugars.
A great way to replace ice cream is to freeze banana slices, then put them in the blender with a little unsweetened organic almond milk, a teaspoon of honey, a tablespoon of natural peanut butter, a teaspoon of flax oil and you have the most delicious smoothie ever. If you want to add some unsweetened chocolate powder, that’s always good too!
Here’s something I threw together with cheap items from my kitchen -
Small White Beans
Fry it all up in a little olive oil….
And you get a low glycemic, high protein meal. Tomorrow, add an egg, and it’s breakfast!!
I have a lot of great news this month. I’m back in New York for a few more weeks before heading out to Australia (stay tuned!). In the last week, Jesse Fischer and I spent a bunch of time in the studio finishing up the mixes to my upcoming album, Let Go. We’re almost ready to release it!
Besides writing original music, I have always been an arranger of other people’s music. Jesse and I, along with talented videographer Dani Barbieri, put together this arrangement of the Black Keys’ ‘Tighten Up’. Check it out, I hope you like what we did with it.
The big gig this month with my band is at Fontana’s Bar in the lower east side of Manhattan. We play June 19 at 8PM. You can get advance tickets HERE. I’m excited to have drummer James Dwntwn Williams join the usual cast of characters for this show!
In other news, I’m proud to be endorsed by a great new brand of Vodka out of L.A., Tallarico Vodka! Stay tuned for future events. See you soon!
Upcoming: Saturday, August 10, 2013
Late Night Groove Series at the Blue Note in New York City. 11:59 PM
As the winter gradually turns to spring, new ideas and aspirations pop up and begin to blossom. You can feel it in the brisk New York air as the mostly transplanted residents begin to shed their winter coats in exchange for the promise of sun to skin. There’s nothing like that first ray of warmth in your face from the tiny bit of sun – which feels much hotter than you remembered – to shock your system out of hibernation and get your productive bones moving again….
So, in the spirit of being productive, while I wait for my record to be released, I’ve decided to produce a series of duo videos that I will release in the meantime. Each one will feature the talents of some incredible artists/friends. The first one was recorded in my living room with bassist, Solomon Dorsey. He’s one of the best bass players around, having recorded and/or toured with Jose James, Krystle Warren, Trio of OZ (Rachel Z and Omar Hakim), Laura Izibor, and Jesse Fischer. Here’s our rendition of Sting’s ‘Be Still My Beating Heart.’
Two of my very good friends had some fancy ideas of their own…Both are working on their next album, and have ventured into the world of Kickstarter. Kickstarter is a way for artists to receive funding directly from fans, to help them with their endeavors. Here’s Bassist Mimi Jones, and drummer Shirazette Tinnin. Help them out – these are some talented ladies!
And, as a reminder, my band is playing this Monday, March 25 at Pete’s Candy Store – an awesome old train car/bar in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. We play at 9PM. Here’s a live version of one of the songs that will be on the new album!
Happy almost spring! It’s been a little chilly in Brooklyn this winter, but I’ve managed to be on the road in warmer places for most of it…Although I miss the balmy Florida weather, I’m happy to be home now, gearing up for a couple of great shows this month.
First, this Sunday March 3rd, I’ll be at Rockwood Music Hall with Chris Parrello. We start at 11pm. Beautiful singer-songwriter, Karlie Bruce will be sitting in with us. She has an amazing sound, so check her out.
I’ll be spending a good part of the month in the ‘studio’ -basically, I’ll be home writing and working on new music. I’ll also be at Electrik Indigo Studios with Jesse Fischer and Solomon Dorsey for another writing session.
Mimi Jones is touring again this year, and I’m fortunate to be part of it along with Shirazette Tinnin and Camille Thurman who both played on tracks from my upcoming release, ‘Let Go‘. We will be visiting New Jersey, Philadelphia, and Maryland – check her calendar for dates….
At the end of the month, my band is getting together for a March 25th show at Pete’s Candy Store in Brooklyn. We love that venue..the stage is inside an old train car, which makes for a unique, intimate show.
I’m excited to say that this weekend I’ll be performing with some awesome musicians, and on the same stage as some very exciting artists!
This Saturday, January 12, I’ll be on the Harlem stage at the Hilton New York. My band performs from 11PM – midnight. Saxophonist Tia Fuller is joining us and admission is FREE! This performance is part of the APAP conference being held in New York.