Archive for February, 2011

EU, Mexico, US, recording and producing plus four page article in Jazzmagazine.

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

The new year started of with a great concert at the Kitano NYC, duo with Nikolaj Hess on Piano. What a great way to start the year. This time we focused more on medium slow pieces and ballads, something we accidentally got into at the Copenhagen Jazz festival in 2010. We did a night with ballads only, which was quit an experience. Something to think about for the very near future.

This was followed by a Global Motion concert at the Corneliastreet café. It has become a tradition to start the year of with GM at this venue which became my home base. Unfortunately the booker Poul Weiss went back to his native country but hopefully the vibe will continue.

Dick Hovenga, a great journalist who lives in NL but frequently visits the US wrote a fantastic four page article with great photo’s and an in-depth look into my career. His enthusiasm, knowledge in all music styles and his writing style is refreshing. I feel very fortunate that he took the time to get into my music and feel honored that he listed my latest release ‘Landmarc’ as his nr.1 most favorite Jazz release in 2010. If you read dutch please go and visit his music site www.writteninmusic.nl.

I got a chance to get into the production seat, producing a record for a Dutch Classical Bariton Saxophonist, Henk van Twillert, with a big imagination. He dreamt up a project in which he sings and plays Bariton and Soprano saxophone, joined by another vocalist, Brazilian percussion, drums, guitar and banjo. Fortunately it got recorded in NY, so I was able to put some of my guys together, Tony Moreno, Vic Juris and Nate Radley, plus I was able to put the two Tony’s together including Tony Marino on bass. Both Tony’s have been in the scene touring the world but this is the first time they actually played together, very cool, and of course they both sounded amazing. Also included in this project are Vocalist Joleen Wilkinson, Pianist John Austria, Banjo player Tuey Connell and Brazilian percussionist Vanderlei Pereira. It shows you that when you put great musicians together you will get something special.

And then there is the recording of Tim Horner, another killer drummer who has been in the scene for a very long time. He made is first recording as a leader and I am very proud to be part of this project which includes a list of jazz warriors: John Hart (guitar), Mark Sherman (Vibes), Martin Wind (Bass), Scott Robinson (Sax/Flute), Ron Horton (Trumpet/Flugelhorn) and Jim Riddle (Piano). A stellar formation with music all written by Tim, what an experience, a great reminder why I love playing music in the best city of the world, NYC.

Just got back from a tour with the Amina Figarova band. I am very impressed with this band, and how Amina uses the powers in her band. She knows how to take full advantage of the strongest qualities of each musician in the band, a rare talent to have. Plus she is playing her butt of. I am happy to be part of this great group of musicians and can’t wait to get together with them again next week in Mexico City.

More news; coming up is a concert with great guitarist Sebastian Noelle at the Corneliastreet café (NYC), a concert with the group of  Tony Moreno (55bar, NYC), a concert with Falkner Evans at the Kitano, a special duo concert with Armen Donelian organized by the New School, two CD releases, one from Armen and one from Tim plus the rumor that the Andrew Hill project will be recorded this year lead by Ron Horton and Tim Horner…..can it be true? Plus there is the Copenhagen jazz Festival in the summer, more touring in the US in the Fall, and finally, my first gig as a leader in the BIMHUIS in February 2011, it is happening! Already looking forward to it.

For more info please visit the concert list.

Moving forward..