Photos L-R. In
w/Walter Kuehr at Coney
at the Jazz Composers Collective; At Rockaway Beach Surf Club w// Sean Wayland and Eric Halvorson.
In my travels as a saxophonist and woodwind
player, composer, teacher, arranger, producer/engineer, plus as a
performer in films, TV and in theater, I've worked all over the globe;
one career highlight has to be playing in the remote Star Mountain
highlands of Papua New Guinea 900 miles from the nearest road, at an
arts festival with 30 different local tribes including Marlboro smoking
mud men and
(alledged) cannibals. |
don't update this page very much, or use it for regular gig
announcements, so please also look me up on Facebook for these and any
other upcoming shows.
Among random gigs in the city, I've been mostly playing at Rockaway Beach, NY. Our summer Friday night series at Umas with The Rockaway Jazz Collective
(Simon Chardiet on bass, and Mike Severino on drums) was a blast, as
were the gigs on the boardwalk with the same band but adding Sean
Wayland on keys.
The Rockaway Beach Jazz Festival which I've been curating for a few years now, was held on Saturday Sept 3rd 2016 and
was great- the weather from Hurricane Hermine was a little threatening
but it turned out to be a beautiful night and a lot of people came out
to listen. Thanks to The Ancient Quartet, (featuring Kevin Batchelor on trumpet.), funksters 718 - (Piano/keys trio, and yes, they're from Brooklyn), and my good friend Richard Bennett who brought out his awesome new band,.. 'The Raga & the Abstract Truth'
Check out the Jazz Festival FB page for more info, pics, and full personel listing. (If the link doesn't work, look up Rockaway Beach Jazz Festival on Facebook.)
Here's a nice little write up from the local paper - The Wave. Next year's looking like it's booked already so put it in your calendar - locals and tourists alike - Saturday July 22nd, 2017.
The 2015 festival took place on Labor Day weekend (Sat. Sept
5th) and featured Lisa Parrott with her trio, G.R.A.S.S, (Gowanus
Reggae and Ska Society), and the quartet version of the band Flying
Home. Thanks to The Wave for a very nice article about the 2015 Festival. And here's another from the NY Times about the 2014 fest, plus a nice video. 2014 featured the music of the talented tenor sax man Michael Blake,
trombone virtuoso Curtis Hasslebring, plus my Quartet, bringing to Rockaway a cast of some of the
best NY improvising musicians at Rockaway for the first time.
My latest recording project/CD is.. CITY STATE by HARMONY HALL ..buy/download on Bandcamp. Featuring
some of my favorite NY (and one Australian) musicians - Steve Elson,
Alto; Peck Allmond, trumpet; Curtis Hasslebring, Trombone; Barney
McAll, piano; Cameron Greider, guitar; Dom Richards, bass; and John Mettam on drums. This
octet is playing a set of tunes I wrote for my students, and thought it would be a good idea to record them. Buy the
charts, or the tracks. (See the Charts page).
For other samples of my music, Check out the Band page, and listen to
some music samples.
For all you clarinetists out there, here's one of my etudes
for any clarinet - free download:
Some other bio stuff:
30 + years playing tenor, soprano, baritone and alto saxes. flutes,
clarinet, bass clarinet, harmonica, drums, computers, piano, bass,
trombone, guitar and composing. Recording sessions for pop, rock and
film and video, dance and theater productions. Band teacher at the Trevor Day School in Manhattan since 1992.
Home town is Melbourne, Australia Started playing some drums in 3rd grade, some
flute when I was around 10, then played in rock bands as a
teenager, mainly on bass, then started on the sax when we needed horns
for our ska covers. Moved to Sydney in
1983 and completed the Jazz Studies course at Sydney Conservatorium
of Music in
1987. Worked and toured all over Australia with many different
jazz, rock and theater groups then relocated to NY in 1990, and been
gigging and teaching here ever
Chromatic Harmony and Analysis: Samuel Zyman. Julliard School, 2015-2016
Orchestral Conducting: Vincent LaSelva. Julliard School, 2009/2010
Sydney Conservatorium of Music (Now Sydney University) Australia. Class of 1987
Studies w/Mike Nock, Roger Frampton, Don Burrows, James Morrison.
Saxophone studies w/John Barrett, (Melb), and Col Loughlan, (Syd.).
Saxophone studies with Paul Cohen, Manhattan School of Music 1991
Composition studies with Edgar
American Music Center, ASCAP award, and Australian Arts Council grant
Audio Engineer at
Harvestworks/Studio Pass. NY, NY 1991-94.
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