Much of June and July was spent with my educator hat on as I taught in multiple different capacities at some pretty amazing camps and workshops - working with high school and middle school trumpeters at The Kalamazoo Trumpet Workshop (with Keith Geiman), worked with all levels of jazz drummers as the faculty “horn player” at the always inspiring Keith Hall Summer Drum Intensive, co-directed and taught the unique Jazz & Creative Institute’s JazzStart at Western Michigan University and played in the faculty band at the Showchoir Camps of America. It’s been a busy, but very exciting time…
But as we move into August, I feel like the guard is changing. I’m excited to be leading multiple new musical projects this fall here in New York City. This upcoming week feels like the BANG of the new phase of bandleading/composing beginning as I debut two of my new groups in one week. If you’re in the city, I’d be very appreciative to have you join me at one of these two special evenings… and additionally next week, a “favorite” kind of night playing with my favorite singer (and wife), Ashley Daneman at one of my favorite venues in town, Cornelia Street Cafe.
Here are the details - I've included the “Facebook Events” if you’re interested in finding out more:
Fri Sept 31 (officially Aug 1), 1am - Rockwood Music Hall w/ POPJazz! - My newest projects taking pop tunes from the past half century and "corrupting" it with jazz! Band includes Matthew Bryan Feld (vox), Jarrett Cherner (pno), Matt Aronoff (bs) & Jared Schonig (dms). https://www.facebook.com/events/1605002656430188/
Tues Aug 4, 8pm - Cornelia Street Cafe w/ Ashley Daneman - Ashley will be playing some music from Beauty Indestructible along with a handful of NEW material. It'll be a great night at one of my favorite venues in town. Band includes Ashley Daneman (pno/vox), Matt Davis (gtr), Sam Weber (bs) & Michael Davis (dms).
Sun Aug 9, 5pm - Saint Peter's Church w/ SearchParty - I'm presenting new original music that I'm writing for my commission by Spark and Echo Arts called "Light in the Darkness". The full piece will be debuted this fall, but you can catch parts of it at Saint Peter's Jazz Vespers. Band includes Ashley Daneman (vox), Kris Allen (sax), Angelo Di Loreto (pno), Ike Sturm (bs) & Jaimeo Brown (dms).
Thanks for all your love and support - Benje