The Archi-tet CD release party at New York’s Blue Note jazz club went spectacularly! Hundreds of people packed in to see us perform the tunes from the new LP “Red Blankey” (listen here) and a few favorite standards. Here I am singing “On the Sunny Side of the Street”:
And playing trombone:
Congratulations to Aki Yamamoto – and see you all at the next gig!
On Saturday April 19th, all are invited to come out to Henry’s Liquor Bar at the Hudson Hotel in NYC to celebrate and support the Vermont Governor’s Institute on the Arts, an amazing and essential program for Vermont’s high school students. Join us as we celebrate 30 years of helping Vermont’s young people embrace their potential.
About the Event:
Partying for a good cause is always more fun, and we’ll be doing it in style at Henry, A Liquor Bar. For a minimum donation of $20, you can enjoy 3 hours of good drinks*, great conversation, and awesome music provided by DJ Cousin Cole. Tickets/Donations are fully tax-deductible and can be made in any amount over $20. *The Event is 21+, cash bar.
The Vermont Governor’s Institute on the Arts (GIA) is a 2-week summer arts enrichment intensive for Vermont high school students currently in grades 9 through 11. For over 30 years, students from around the state have gathered to create a unique learning community while taking classes with professional teaching artists in the fields of dance, theater, writing, music, and visual arts. GIA is not specifically a gifted and talented program, but exists to offer students with all kinds of interests the opportunity to try something new, embrace different perspectives and make connections with peers across the state.
GIA is creating a network of creative thinkers and artists, and needs your help to fund the experience with more faculty, supplies, and workshops to broaden our reach. 96% of GIA alums say the experience was an important one for them during their high school years; one writes: “Being a part of GIA has helped to shape me and give me a sense of direction and control of my own life.” Join us as we celebrate 30 years of helping Vermont’s young people embrace their potential.
GIA Website: http://www.giaofvt.com
Hosted by Village Hall Productions.
Trumpeter Nadje Noordhuis has helped start a brand-new $10,000 grant for young brass players in master trumpeter Laurie Frink‘s name. Eligibility is open to US based jazz brass players between the ages of 18-25 currently not under professional management. Applicants need not be currently enrolled in an academic institution. Applications are due by June 1 – get more information on the Laurie Frink Career Grant website.
We had a great time at a middle school in Jackson Heights over the past month and a half! 120 new jazzers were made, as they learned about jazz rhythms, phrasing, improvisation, and history! This photo with the school’s principals and teachers and our teaching artists was taken just after the culminating concert with the band, chorus, and guitar ensemble. Thanks very much to the Queens College Kupferberg Center Jazz Project and Assemblyman Michael DenDekker for funding this great experience!
I love playing with pianist Lindsey Hundley. Come on out this weekend if you’re in the Los Angeles area! More info on my Calendar page.