Happy New Year! Hope all is well and apologies for not posting for a while. I’ve been busy finishing up the MA at City College, playing gigs, teaching and working on a couple of projects. One of those projects is the transcription and eventual performance of some of the arrangements from the Lee Konitz meets Jimmy Giuffre album, which I highly recommend: Lee Konitz meets Jimmy Giuffre. One of the original performers on that record was the great tenorist Ted Brown. I’ve been honored to know Ted and have played with him, one of the most melodic improvisers I know. I was pleasantly surprised to come across Marian Jago’s article on Ted at the Journal of Jazz Studies: Dig – It: The Musical Life of Ted Brown. It was great to learn more about Ted’s personal life and some of the specifics he worked on when studying with Lennie Tristano. Hopefully more will be written about Ted in the future.
In other news, my upcoming quartet album, As The River Sings, is mixed and mastered, and will hopefully be out later this year. The Bach book is still in the works, also hoping to get some work done on that this month. See you all soon!