Sunday, September 9th, 2018
September 2018
Summer has come and gone - and here we are in the Fall months again!
School is back in session and things are ramping up there.  That part of life certainly keeps me on my toes and keeps me busy.  I am, however, REALLY excited about the next few months as I'll be bringing the duo record material from 'The Heart Already Knows' to Boston, New York, Los Angeles and Reno, NV for the JEN Conference.  Peter Eldridge, Taylor Eigsti, Larry Koonse and Bruce Forman are joining me for some fun! 
Nice reviews are coming in about the record and more are on the way. The website is in process for revision/redesign!  And more travel throughout this year and next is on the horizon. 
I hope all is well with you and yours as we round out the end of 2018!  Happy Fall everyone! 
April 2018
A year has flown by and I've been remiss in keeping up with all of the updating of the comings and goings in  Lots to fill you in on and lots to tell you about that is on the horizon! 
My record 'The Heart Already Knows' produced by Peter Eldridge has finally released and I can't be more pleased with this musical offering. What a treat to walk through this process with Peter and record with such musical luminaries at Fred Hersch, Taylor Eigsti, Paul Meyers, Romero Lubambo and Larry Koonse. A privilege and a personal bucket-list for heart is full.  I did a release gig at the Open Stage Club in Coral Gables, FL sponsored by the Miami Jazz Co-op.  John Hart presented much of the material from the record with me and we had a great time.  I always gain so much from playing with him! 
I'm now booking some gigs around the country to promote the record and have some fun!  Stay tuned for some things coming your way in Boston, DC, New York, Cleveland and LA. 
Things continue to move forward and flourish at the Frost School of Music in the Jazz Vocal Performance program.  I'm extremely excited about what we're doing there and the music that's being made.  Life is full on that front and continues to drive my own personal musical growth.
The end of 2017 held a big change and shift for me and my family as we lost my Dad to cancer in November.  I'm forever thankful that he left us quickly and swiftly and the last days with him were full of love, encouragement and fatherly advice from him to the rest of us.  I miss him and think of everyday and know he's proud of my mom, my brother and me. Don't forget to tell the ones you love how much they mean to you.  Do it now and do it often!  
We move in to summer and a time of rest and regrouping.  Everyone take care and I hope to see you at a venue near you soon! 
May 2017
We're almost at the end of another academic year and the summer is just around the corner!  I'm looking to this summer to finish my record and get it ready to release in the fall.  At this point, we're in the 'mastering' phase of the tracks and soon the project moves forward to the promotion stage with photo shoot,graphic and website redesign etc. I'll keep you all posted as the project continues to move forward!  
I have a few dates in southern California at the end of this month and I'm looking forward to spending some time making music with dear friends.  My first performance at one of LA's best music venues, The Blue Whale, is on Wednesday, May 24.  The next evening, on May 25, I'll be playing with more friends at the Muckenthaler Jazz Festival out in Fullerton.  It's been a while since I've had the opportunity to do a solo show in Socal and I'm looking forward to presenting some new tunes and musically where I am now. 
I hope you are all doing fine and looking toward a great summer of relaxation, fun and fulfillment! 
June 2016 
Happy Summer!  This year is moving so fast. Hard to believe we're half-way through the year. Such a good one so far however.  Lots of things going on this past spring and now the beautiful and restful summer has arrived.  
I spent much of these past few months traveling for work and play.  I spent some time at Illinois Wesleyan University with Steve in January. We held some clinics and masterclasses and performed with their student ensembles.  Had a blast with educators and friends Tim Pitchford and Drew Dahan!  Traveled in February to Illinois again for the Millikin University Vocal Jazz Festival and heard some GREAT ensembles perform.  March had me in Seattle doing a duo-concert weekend for Nich Anderson's JazzVox series.  Such a good with with pianist/vocalist from the west coast, John Proulx.  April found me in Fargo/Moorhead Minnesota as a guest artist and clinician for the Minnesota State University Moorhead vocal jazz concert.  Dr. Sherrine Mostin (Frost JV alum, DMA '15) brought me up to spend a few days with her students in private lessons, masterclasses and ensemble clinics along with an appearance with the faculty trio in concert.  Such a good time!  
Summer winds down a little for me this year. Thankfully, I'm getting some time to relax, be at home and spend time with Steve and our 10month/9month old puppies. I will teach at the Frost Young Musician's Camp again this year and am looking forward to spending with time with some very talented vocalists mostly from around south Florida.  
Along with relaxing, I'm working on the next recording project and planning the next CD release events hopefully to begin this coming fall. We don't have a release date yet, we're a bit far from all of that yet but I'm excited to share this recording with all of you!   That's all for now- have a great summer! 
January 2016! 
I hadn't updated this 'news' page since last summer.  So much has been happening and going on since then - I MUST be better about keeping this page and you all up to date!
I began recording my third album this past fall with sessions in October, November and finishing up in January.  All material is tracked and now we're on to the mixing phase of the project!  Peter Eldridge is producing and this experience has been an absolute ball.  With five different artists on piano and guitar, we've explored the communication and sharing between two musicians on some very fun, interesting, different and lovely material.  Pianists Fred Hersch and Taylor Eigsti along with guitarists Paul Meyers, Larry Koonse and Romero Lubambo all contributed their art and craft to me and this project.  This has been an incredible journey so far! 
Along with the trips to New York for the recording, I had the chance to be in Helsinki in October to present at the first annual International Jazz Voice Conference at the Sibelius Academy.  Performance and presentation on the 'Art of the Duo' as well as some discussion and sharing about the graduate work in the Studio Music and Jazz Vocal Performance program at the University of Miami Frost School of Music.  It was a special experience to be connecting with jazz vocalists, musicians and educators from all over the world. I also had a gig with some local Finnish jazz musicians. Such fun! Truly music is the greater international language.  
December had me in Sacramento adjudicating the Sacramento State Jazz Festival, in Rochester directing the New York All-State Jazz Choir and in Los Angeles singing (with some of my favorite people at Umbrella Media) Hal Leonard's Kirby Shaw offerings for this publishing season.  After the last tracking session for the record in early January, I flew with Peter to Louisville, KY for the Jazz Educator's Network Conference.  John Daversa, Martin Bejerano and I got the trio back together as "FrostBite" and performed some originals, standards and reimagined pop tunes.  We all heard a LOT of incredible music over that week and reconnected with old friends and colleagues.  School began the next day and we're off and running again.  Life has been very full!  More festivals, performances and events fill this spring and summer.  I hope the next time I write I'll have some more concrete information about the release date of new record.  I can't to share it with all of you!  
Please take care and best wishes for a happy, healthy 2016!