Hi, I recorded my sixth album last year in New York and I thought it would be exciting to involve people in the finishing stages of this project (besides being tremendously helpful financially). Now it's time to release it and promote it. It's been mixed... being mastered, artwork in progress, getting ready to spend a whole bunch on having it pressed by Discmakers, sending it to 400 or so radio stations. I will also be performing the music live in CT, MA, MD, NJ and VA . The CD release is planned for June 17th (Iceland's Independence Day!) at An Die Musik in Baltimore.
You can see a video (by clicking here) of the band performing in Washington DC two days before we made the recording.
I've set up various levels of awards so you can be a very special and incredibly cool participant in the project. Check out all the levels (in the right column) and see what strikes your fancy. You'll know that not just my pocket will feel better with your support but also my happinessometer will rise accordingly. Once the album is released, I hope that you will also feel a sense of pride that you contributed to it and to my life and career.
The recording features the awesome talents of Loren Stillman on saxophone, Eivind Opsvik on double bass, Scott McLemore on drums and myself on piano. We recorded 7 of my originals, 1 of Scott's and improvised 5 short pieces at Systems Two in Brooklyn last June. The album is titled The Dream and we have the following performances booked.
June 15 Monteabaro Recital Hall, Columbia MD (duo with pianist Alan Blackman!)
June 17 An Die Musik, Baltimore MD
June 18 Trumpets Jazz Club, Montclair, NJ
June 19 Buttonwood Tree, Middletown, CT (double-bill with Noah Baerman
June 20 The Lily Pad, Boston MA
June 28 The Camel, Richmond VA (double-bill with Brian Jones)
*Regarding the House Concert, this would have to be at a mutually convenient time and on mutually agreeable terms. For instance, there are some areas to which I might not want to travel. I also reserve the right to cancel or decline at any time (and of course, would not keep the money in those cases).
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