I’m playing this week with Mary Stallings Eric Reed and Matt Penman at the opening festivities at SFJAZZ. It’s humbling experience to say the least working with such great musicians and being around so many ridiculously amazing artists. A highlight was meeting and hearing Chick Corea who I have always admired. Also to meet and hear Jeff Ballard and Eric Harland has been a total blast. Between them and Brian Blade I think they are some of the greatest living musicians of the drumming variety. The SF Jazz Collective is an great group and the level of improv and mastery of these people is insane.
There is audio available from the opening night at NPR SFJAZZ Live Broadcast - I played on the opening song with Mary Stallings. Check out Chick throughout the evening! He’s playing better than ever.
Also irony of ironies would have me in the photo in todays issue of the New York Times about SFJAZZ. I thought I might sneak through unnoticed but no luck.
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I’ll be playing a couple of shows with with pianist Mark Levine in October in the Mt. Shasta area. Here are the details for those nearby.
On Saturday October 8th and Sunday October 9th I’m very happy to be a part of two jazz trio performances with pianist Mark Levine and bassist Greg Daugelli at the Mount Shasta Brewery in the town of Weed, California.
These are two of my favorite musicians on the planet and I’m sure it will be a great weekend of music.
I have known Mark since 1991 and have played with him off and on ever since. he is a very fine musician and literally wrote the book on jazz piano. His Jazz Piano book is published in several languages and has won international acclaim.
Greg Daugelli is a fabulous bass player and multi-instrumentalist who lives in Chico California. I have played with him since the early 80′s and definitely owe him a huge debt of gratitude for his encouragement and inspiration over the years.
Please come to the concert if you are in the area!
Mark Levine Concert Flyer – PDF