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Mid-Summer Update



Happy Mid-Summer Everyone: It’s amazing how fast time is flying by. For the first time ever I have taken a month off (by choice that is) and man it feels great. I have used my time to practice, write, work out, read, enjoy some time with family and friends and just do “normal stuff – whatever that is”. This time is almost up and I will be back at grind in just a few short weeks.

The past several weeks have been amazing with gigs and a recording with Jim Rotondi (along with Joe Locke, David Hazeltine and David Wong). Some amazing music with some amazing, funny, talented musicians. That’ll be out in the Spring of 2016 on Smoke Sessions Records. I also did a wonderful recording with a great vocalist from Japan named Miki Yamaoka with Benny Golson, Buster Williams and Noriki Soichi.

Speaking of Buster Williams. He is one of my musical mentors and we have been playing together in various aggregations for 30 years. This fall I will be doing some gigs with his fantastic quartet so be on the look out for that. Another one of my longtime friends is the great Nicholas Payton. I will do some tours with him this fall as well.

My group ‘The Art of Elvin” will do some dates this fall at one this country’s hippest jazz club, The Side Door in Old Lyme, CT and at the Vermont Jazz Center in Battleboro, VT. The Mack Avenue Superband will play the Detroit Jazz Festival over the Labor Day weekend which will be recorded live for Mack Avenue Records. This band will do a big tour in early 2016 so more to come on that later.

On the educational front this fall I will be doing a number of residencies at Stanford University, Cal State East Bay, University of Michigan, Snow College and others as well at some music stores.

Well folks that’s it for now as I have to find some water and sand to dip my toes into. Until the next time please take great care of yourself and know that I love and appreciate you. God Bless you all….

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Tour Dates Updated

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See you at a show … and please, keep swingin’!

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May God Bless and Keep you. Best of all to all of you.

Someone recently told me that “Life is 10% what happens but 90% what you do with what happens”. That was powerful. You have to do something to e somebody. DO SOMETHING! Make something happen, it’s up to you!

My prayer is that everyone will have even better year than you can even imagine. If you can think it, it can be done. It’s ALL possible! “Expectations causes preparation and preparation produces results”.