Archive for September, 2012

Touring, Gigs and Teaching!

Saturday, September 8th, 2012

The summer was full of great experiences. The Festival in Copenhagen was a good start with as highlight a duo concert with Nikolaj Hess at the Thorveldsens Museum. I love playing duo format, and I think this one was one of the best we have done so far. The Festival also gave me an opportunity to connect on stage with Bob Moses and reconnect with Anders Christensen (AC).

Plus, two more special events happened. I have been in contact with a great Jazz fan (Jørgen) who has photographed all the greats for over 40 years. He mentioned a photograph of Ben Webster that he got from another photographer named Jørgen Bo. We have been talking for years about Ben Webster and I mentioned my special connection with him. He came to one of the concerts and gave this special photograph of Ben Webster as a present, and what a great present it is, check it out, it is amazing
Great tenor saxophonist Ben Webster

Talking about Jørgen’s, there is another one I have been in contact with in DK, Jørgen Skov Sørensen, and he wrote a great heiku poem based on a concert that I did in a small but special place in Copenhagen named Bartof. The English version is a translation, the orginal is in Danish. Quit an honor:

Toner i nuet
Saxofon blæser vinter
Forløsning i dur

Sounds in present tense
Saxophone blowing winter
Major redemption

Back in NYC I dived into the Summer Summit Series organized by the NYJW and started it up with a great four day improv/composition intensive including Tim Horner.
This was followed up by another four-day intensive organized by HJW held in Hudson NY. This included Armen Donelian and Joe Locke. Both workshops were fantastic, with great students. This will definitely be repeated in 2013.

For all the saxophonists in the field, I finally finished the third installment of a series of articles written with as premise finding the ultimate microphone for saxophone for on the road. Part III is all about the Ribbon Mics and the article came out great thanks to the text editing and support of Matthew McGlynn and the recording of Charles Martinez. Please check it out if interested.

I am very excited about an exhibition of my fathers work in the Hudson Opera House. This is the first time that a part of my father’s Jazz collection is being shown in public in the US. It involves photographs of the larger then life paintings made by my father. These photographs are hand-printed and were supervised by my father. In 2009 he passed away, but his spirit lives on. If you are in the neighborhood check it out, or visit my page and click on the images to get an idea

When I was playing in Cleveland at the Night Town I met this elegant lady named Patty Coker. She asked me if I knew her husband, Jerry Coker. Jerry wrote many books for saxophonists to practice out of, and I own and worked through one of them a long time ago. Therefore I was quit surprised and felt honored to get to meet Patty. We stayed in contact and she sent me Jerry’s latest book “the Jazz Improvisor’s reference”.

The title says it all, very well put together, concise and to the point, a real one on one basics overview. Plus, what I really like and what you normally do not encounter in a book for improvisers is a special chapter on piano for non-pianists. Very cool, and in my opinion very important. Next time maybe he can include also a special chapter on drums for non-drummers.

But there is more, a lot of playing action in September with several different formations including my own band LANDMARC at the Corneliastreet café on Friday September 28.
Please stop by when you can. On the 7th I did this great gig at the Deerhead Inn, what a special place. You can really feel the vibe and the room sounds great, plus great audience. It was the group of Billy Test, a great pianist to look out for. A great talent. We will play again at the Kitano in NYC September 27, a day before my LANDMARC gig.
I will also be part of a special benefit concert in Hudson organized by HOH. There I will be playing duo with Armen Donelian. (Sept.29).

And, one more last thing, the record of Amina Figarova, Twelve, is doing great. It has been in the top ten of the Jazz Charts for a long period of time, and the record of Tim Horner, the places we went, is also doing beautifully, getting radio-play and a lot of respect and good vibes from the Jazz Community and beyond.