Happy New Year! I'd like to let you know about some interesting things that I have happening in January 2015:
I'll be playing this Friday and Saturday January 2 and 3, as well as Friday, January 9 at Andy's Jazz Club with my quartet. The quartet will be different on all three nights and will be made up of some of my favorite musicians: Joe Policastro on bass, Jeremy Kahn and Dennis Luxion on piano, Phil Gratteau and Bob Rummage on drums, and Chris Madsen on tenor saxophone. We play from 5pm-8:30pm. Check my schedule page for specific personnel on specific nights.
Also, my quartet has been extended into 2015 on Wednesday nights at Andy's Jazz Club. The time is different in January and February - we'll be there from 7pm-11pm. The group has Jeremy Kahn on piano, Joe Policastro on bass, and Phil Gratteau on drums. On January 21, trumpet great Art Davis will be there with us. On January 28, trombone master Russ Phillips will be leading the quartet as I'll be out of town.
On Monday, January 26th, I'll be performing at Mezzrow, NYC's hippest new jazz club, with fellow guitarist John Merrill.
Solo guitar nights continue every Tuesday (except 1/27, when guitarist Andy Pratt will be subbing for me) at Broadway Cellars in Edgewater. Come by for half-price wine bottles, and dig the new winter music hours: 6pm-9pm.
I was pleased to learn that my CD "Heavy Artillery" with fellow guitarist Howard Alden and our quartet was featured in this month's DownBeat Magazine's "Best Albums of 2014" article.
Lastly, I'm excited to announce that my new solo guitar CD on Delmark Records will be released on January 20th! The CD is called "Soloist" and features 14 of my favorite tunes. It is available from the usual sources: Amazon, iTunes, the Jazz Record Mart, and wherever they still sell CDs these days. The CD Release Party will be March 19th at the Whiskey Lounge in Evanston, the day after my 40th Birthday, so mark your calendars...