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Many, many special thanks to Larry O. Gay, George Omura, Joachim Pantel, Jared Ragland, & Dennis Tyler
for sharing their talents and hard work by letting me use so many of their sights & sounds for this website.
May, 2015 - Recorded Rob Alley's Alabama Songbook (selections from Byron Arnold's
Folk Songs of Alabama, arranged by Rob) in one long session in Tuscaloosa.
It was incredible to work with engineer Jamie Tagg - he had us all in one room: vocals,
mandolin, trumpet, sax, keys, upright bass, drums, and we got a sweet sound tracking live
together, without headphones, even! Very excited about what went down- look for the CD
later in the year.
March, 2015 - Great show at a great venue: Chad Fisher's new afrobeat / country / rock
project at Huntsville's Tangled String Studios! The room has a super sound and the crowd
is there to listen - we appreciated their hospitality & look forward to playing there again!
February, 2015 - The new album by The Birmingham Seven is out NOW! Get a copy for everyone you
UAB Jazz Summit 2015 was incredible! UAB Jazz faculty get to lead area high-schoolers
in big bands or small groups, and it's always great to see what the students and teachers can
accomplish after just two rehearsal-filled days (less than 24 hours this year!). My sextet did tunes
by Horace Silver, Chick Corea, and Ornette Coleman. Branford Marsalis did a Q&A session that
was inspiring and made us all want to practice, and of course his quartet concert later that night
had the same effect.
January, 2015 - Happy New Year!!! My Dugger Mountain Music Hall session drumming for Jason Bailey
airs this month on Alabama Public Television (Tues, January 13 at 10 PM) and the Heartland network!
Had a great time Jan 9-10 with the Grissom High School Jazz Band in Huntsville, helping them
prepare for Swing Central 2015 & the Savannah Music Festival! Congratulations to director
Theo Vernon and the band for being invited to participate in this year's festival!
November 22, 2014 - Just returned from 10 days in Colombia with folks from the UAB Jazz faculty.
We did concerts, master classes, and jam sessions; about 15 performances in all!
You can see some of the stuff on my Facebook page; I hope to have a photo album up soon!
for featuring me in this month's Studio column, right HERE!
August 2, 2014 - Check out my Downright / UAB Jazz Europe 2014 photos HERE!
(video highlights from the Downright show right HERE),
and thanks to UAB Jazz for taking our American jazz sounds to Germany for several amazing days!