Since the birth of my daughter Adamina, I have taken an unintentional hiatus from composing and putting together sets of music as a bandleader. With a concerted effort, I am proud to announce the return of my original music to the soundscape of Eugene, OR. I have reunited with my friends and bandmates Adam Carlson, Sean Peterson and Tony Glausi. For this new sound, I have asked Joshua Hettwer and Jessika Smith to join us on saxophones and far too many doubles!
I am trying to get a new sound out of this group with rearrangements of some of my large ensemble music and new original material with inspirations from the great feminist philosopher Simone De Beauvoir to my experience during the Oregon Jazz Ensemble's recent tour through Europe.
Our theme "No More Blues" is all bout the late spring and summer! If you feel the blues, we hope this concert will help your mood. Here is a link to the arrangement I transcribed for this gig! Dizzy is incredible on this!!! It's original title is Chega De Saudade...or as Diz puts it Chega de Saw-daddy. Enjoy!
It is an incredible feeling to be able to reach such incredible musicians with a personal phone call and hang out on the side of our musical endeavors. I am thankful to live in Eugene at this time when so much great music is going on.