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.
Rachel Eckroth Band and Sonuvo double bill. We start at 9:30PM followed by the fablulous trio ‘Sonuvo‘. Drummer Jerome Jennings is the common denominator in both groups, and the entire series at Pete’s is being curated by my guitarist, Chris Parrello.
After that, I get to visit Belgium with a legendary crooner…
Should be no less than amazing!
In December….I return to Phoenix, my original home to perform some new trio music at a brand new jazz venue, ‘The Nash‘. I’m bringing drummer Diego Voglino from Brooklyn, and bassist Will Goble will be joining us on December 14 at 7:30. I hope to see all you Phoenicians there!!!
Two of my favorite people in the entire world are doing some pretty great things this month.
Tonight, Tia Fuller is releasing ‘Angelic Warrior‘, her third record on the Mack Avenue label. Her band is amazing, and guest artists Terri Lynn Carrington and James Genus will be sitting in. Sets are at 7:30 and 9:30 at the Jazz Standard in NYC.
I first met Tia in 1999 in a group called Sisters in Jazz, and we ended up moving out to New York together to pursue our music careers. Since then, Tia has skyrocketed to jazz fame, performing with artists like Beyonce, Esperanza Spalding, Sean Jones, and so many others. And, she always wears the best shoes. Go Tia.
Next Week, I’ll be performing for the first time at BAM, with Jesse Fischer and his band, Soul Cycle. Jesse is releasing ‘Retro Future‘ on the Obliqsound label, and I’m proud to have performed on his album! I’ll be singing his version of Aquarius, as well as a few other things on Saturday, October 27th at 10PM.
Jesse has been helping me produce my new album, ‘Let Go’, and I’m excited to be working with him more in the near future. He is an incredibly gifted keyboardist, as well as a phenomenal producer. Here’s a little sample of what his band sounds (and looks) like….