Happy upcoming Cinco de Mayo! Here's what I've got coming up:
First, I have to mention the incredible gig I had with the Brian Thomas/Alex Lee-Clark Big Band at Ryles on April 16th. Definitely the best one to date, and featuring some amazing players who brought new life to a lot of tunes. While you can hear "Superhero Dance Party" and "Jan Jan/Nuthin' But A G Thang" in the recordings section, I highly recommend checking out the rest of the show as well, available for free streaming and download here.
If you like what you hear from Superhero Dance Party, check out the shop, as that's the newest addition to the charts I have available for sale. Gettin' Caught, a modal tune for middle school/high school jazz band, is still available for free download when you sign up for my newsletter, which you can do above on this page. Make sure you sign up so you'll be able to know all the latest from the Brian Thomas/Alex Lee-Clark Big Band, the ALC 8tet and Funktet, Chocolate Peach, and more.
Also, this and next Saturday, 5/4 and 5/11, I'm honored to be reprising my position as a judge at Berkshire Idol, along with my good friends and incredible songwriters Bernice Lewis and Larry Stevens. This is my fourth year as a judge, and I'm always amazed at the talent across all the age groups, as well as how much fun the whole event is. Come hang out with us at the Barrington Stage Company! For information, check out http://www.iberkshires.com/berkshireidol/index.php.
The night before the big Berkshire Idol finale, I'll be hitting with Chocolate Peach in Northampton at Bishop's Lounge, which is hands down, my favorite music venue. If you've never been, it's worth a trip to be so up close and personal to the band, along with an incredible atmosphere and the funkiest band around. As always, we'll be dressed to funkify, hope you do the same!
Finally, I'll be going totally out of the norm and playing in the orchestra for the Hampshire Choral Society on Sunday, May 19th at 3 pm at the Fine Arts Center at UMass Amherst. HCS is celebrating their 60th year, and we'll be performing an all Beethoven concert. Repetoire includes the "Consecration of the House" Overture, Incidental Music from "Ruins of Athens," and Mass in C. Allan Taylor, the HCS's conductor is one of my favorite people to work with, and an incredible musical mind. Hope if you're in the area you'll join us!
That's it for now, but stay tuned, as lots more shows are in the works!