December 31 2015 update

Hello. As the year changes I thought I’d send out a brief 2015 recap and 2016 preview of my doings. Thanks in advance for reading!

In June I was awarded a Doris Duke Impact Award. Along with many other services, the award consists of up to $80,000 of funds for various purposes including retirement funds, audience development, and flexible and unrestricted usage. My fellow awardees in jazz this year were Kris Davis, Mark Dresser, Milford Graves, Tyshawn Sorey, Henry Threadgill, and Reggie Workman. It was a huge honor for me to receive this award and to be included among these musicians.

In October I released on Pi Recordings my most recent album as a leader, a double album called Vista Accumulation. This album features 8 of my compositions for my quartet featuring Chris Speed, Chris Tordini, and Dan Weiss. I’ve been fortunate that it has received great reviews and has appeared on many year-end best-of lists, including placing 20th on the annual NPR list aggregated from the lists of 147 participating jazz writers.

This band will play two sets at the Jazz Standard in NYC on January 6, 2016. If you’re local and have been thinking of just the perfect time to come see me play, this is a perfect start. Sets at 7:30 and 9:30. We’re also planning our first European tour for October/November 2016.

I also was fortunate to continue my associations with many fantastic bandleaders. Lots of touring with and records from Tim Berne, Rudresh Mahanthappa, and Dave Douglas; records with Darius Jones, Mario Pavone, and To Live and Shave in LA; and performances with Ches Smith, John Hollenbeck, Anna Webber, Clarence Penn, Chris Lightcap, Jon Irabagon, Jonathan Finlayson, Michael Attias, and Ohad Talmor. A couple particular highlights included a premiere of 9 of John Zorn’s new Bagatelles with Jon Irabagon, Drew Gress, and Tom Rainey in September, and a week with Dave Douglas, Linda Oh, Ches Smith, and the legend Lee Konitz [!] at the Jazz Standard in March.

Finally, this coming March 1-6 I’m excited to be presenting my first residency at The Stone in NYC. I’ve been planning this for a while and things are falling into place nicely. I’ll update everyone more specifically about this closer to the week in question, but I’ll say now that I’ll be presenting 9 bands over 12 sets, 3 of which will be the premieres of new bands, 30 musicians in total participating.

Thank you very much for reading this, and for listening to records and coming to shows, and special thanks to all the musicians with whom I have been fortunate to perform. Much more is to come in 2016!

Happy New Year.


Hello there,

I have several exciting events to share with you, so I’ll jump right to it.

Next month I have two gigs in Brooklyn with my trio with Chris Tordini and Dan Weiss. One is at Korzo on April 9 at 9:30 pm – my brilliant friend Chris Speed will join us on tenor and clarinet for two songs that evening.  Then on April 13 at Shapeshifter the trio will play the 2nd set of a double bill with the amazing guitarist Miles Okazaki’s band. Miles’s band will play at 8 pm and we will play immediately afterwards, and Miles will join us for a couple songs.

Starting today on NPR’s JazzSet with Dee Dee Bridgewater you can listen to a set by Chris Lightcap’s band Bigmouth in which I took part. This was from our tour last fall – in addition to Chris and myself, the band consists of Andrew Bishop and Tony Malaby on tenor and Ches Smith on drums. This tour was a blast and I’m thrilled with how this recording came out.

Tomorrow evening, the 22nd, I’m taking part in a tribute to Paul Motian at Symphony Space in NYC. I’ll be playing ‘Psalm’ in duo with Tim Berne on the 2nd half of the concert. The list of musicians performing on the concert is amazing: Bill Frisell, Joe Lovano, Ravi Coltrane, Joey Baron, The Bad Plus, Masabumi Kikuchi, Geri Allen, Marilyn Crispell, Matt Wilson, Greg Osby….and many more…

The next night, I’ll be playing and improvising on the Bach chorale “Es ist genug” with Dave Douglas at an even at the Greene Space in SoHo called Bach Lounge, presented by WQXR.

Speaking of Dave Douglas – from March 28 to 31 I’ll be playing with his Quintet at the Jazz Standard in NYC. This will coincide with  Dave’s 50th birthday celebration AND the release of a new CD by the group called Time Travel. The band on this album is the same as the previous album, sans vocals – Jon Irabagon, Linda Oh, and Rudy Royston. The album is out April 9 – but if you pre-order a hard copy at the link below you will receive the album immediately in digital form as well.

Immediately following the Jazz Standard run I will head to the midwest to play with the John Hollenbeck Large Ensemble. Details at this link:

To round out April I’ll be playing 3 dates with my friend Anna Webber’s Percussive Mechanics septet in NYC, Baltimore, and Philadelphia. This will be a fun band and the music is crazy – joining me and Anna will be Oscar Noriega, Patty Franceschy, Adam Hopkins, Kate Pittman, and Devin Gray. Dates here:

Finally – to my surprise I was voted as the first runner-up in the Best New Artist category in the JazzTimes 2012 Expanded Critics Poll. The full poll is here:

That should do it for this time around. Thanks so much for reading!