Doings This Weekend; Netherlands; “Bye-Ya!”

April 9th, 2010

It’s been a busy week preparing my student ensemble for their trip to Latvia (we’re in the middle of a crash course on Afro-Caribbean rhythmic concepts since the band has been requested to perform a program of Latin Jazz for the tour), a lot of trumpet lessons, getting taxes ready, and now the weekend’s performances. I’ll be up at Tarrytown Music Hall tonight with Eddie (Palmieri), and at East Harlem’s Creole with the Ray Appleton Septet on Saturday. Sunday afternoon at 4 PM my NYU “Bebop Big Band” will be giving a performance at the Bowery Poet’s Club.

For more information on any of these, check the itinerary page.

My buddy Nils Fischer posted a clip of me playing during a recording session in Rotterdam a couple of weeks ago; made me laugh!

Nils is a killing percussionist, band leader and musical entrepreneur based in the Netherlands. I love the music scene there and I have great musical and collegial relationships with many folks over there. I really enjoy the collaboration I’ve developed with Nils, as well as with another group that I recently recorded with called  “Bye-ya”:

Cover for Bye-Ya! - Further Arrivals

The new Bye-Ya! CD "Further Arrivals", title tune and trumpet by yours truly

When I was over in the Netherlands a couple of weeks ago, I played the CD release gig with Bye-Ya! at the Bimhuis, a wonderful place to play which at this point could be described as the Dutch answer to Jazz At Lincoln Center, in terms of the sophisication of its facilities and the professionalism of its staff. A great hang!

I’m really proud of the way the Bye-ya! CD turned out and I urge you to check it out. This group has a real fresh take on the Latin Jazz tip, and I’m looking forward to a more extensive collaboration with them.

Places to hear “Further Arrivals”:

OK, time to warm up and hit the road….

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