Hey all, it's been a minute since I've updated, and much is happening so here's a brief recap.
In June, I finished my tenure as the full-time director of bands at Galvin Middle School in Canton, MA. I grew so much as a person and educator during my time there, and am thrilled to be staying in the community as a private trumpet instructor and director of the after school jazz ensembles.
I've also been enjoying a summer that's been filled with fantastic music. We had the first ALC Funktet gig at Bishop's Lounge in Northampton, featuring Danny Mayer (guitar), Darby Wolf (keys), David Picchi (bass), and Ted Sullivan. You can check out our video of "Heeding Uncle Bob's Advice" from that night right here:
Looking forward to booking some more of those, and bringing it back east to Boston.
I was also thrilled to have the ALC 8tet perform the Big Lebowski Suite at the Somerville Theatre before a screening of the movie! You can hear the whole performance here. I'm really excited to bring the 8tet back for a full gig at Ryles, featuring Mark Zaleski (reeds), Ben Griffin (trombone), Ben Whiting (bari sax), Carl Eisman (guitar), Amy Bellamy (piano), Jef Charland (bass), and Phil McGowan (drums). Mark your calendars for September 5th at 8 pm!
Perhaps most exciting is that after many attempts to make this happen, the Brian Thomas/Alex Lee-Clark Big Band recently went into the studio to record an album! I'm so happy with how it turned out, and can't believe how fortunate Brian and I are to have phenomenal musicians whom we love and respect so highly play our music. There will be much more on this as we go through the post-production process, but if you want to come see us to celebrate, come to Ryles on August 27th! In case you need extra incentive to come, here's what we sounded like last time. Be sure to check "Heeding Uncle Bob's Advice," which is also featured in the Sounds section. Guest keyboardist Amy Bellamy takes it to a new level, and Jared Sims and Steve Fell play some pretty monstrous solos themselves.