Karrin Allyson has been at Birdland this week. Last night she very generously invited me to sit in on a duo version of Marian McPartland’s Twilight World, which we play on my upcoming CD, One for Marian.
It was a great pleasure to perform this song live with Karrin. It was also wonderful to hear Karrin’s spot-on interpretations and remarkable artistry and craft. She is truly one of the best singers around, and a fine songwriter as well. Her band was terrific, including a gifted young pianist I was not familiar with, Miro Sprague.
Thank you for a great night Karrin!
My tribute to my friend and mentor, the great Marian McPartland will be released on June 10th, 2016 on Thirteenth Note Records. The CD, entitled One For Marian: A Tribute to Marian McPartland, features my arrangements of several of Marian’s most beloved tunes for sextet featuring some of New York’s best: Steve Wilson and Virginia Mayhew on saxes and woodwinds, Bill Mobley on trumpet and flugelhorn, Harvie S on bass and Billy Mintz on drums.
The recording also features special guest vocalist Karrin Allyson!
In a few weeks I’ll be recording a tribute CD featuring compositions by one of my jazz heroes, Marian McPartland, a great pianist, good friend and tireless jazz advocate whom we lost a little over two years ago. Marian always said she wanted more people to record her compositions, and they certainly deserve to be more widely known. Her writing was lyrical, challenging and original. Over the years I recorded a few of her pieces in solo piano and trio formats, and I’m glad I did that while she was still around to hear them. For this recording, I’ve reworked several of her compositions for sextet. We have a wonderful band and a legendary producer and I can’t wait to tell you more soon!
Someone created a Wikipedia post about me and they took my birth date from an incorrect entry in allmusic.com.
I WAS BORN IN 1965.
Allmusic is not an authoritative source.
I am turning 50 in less than a month an no one is taking that away from me.
My good friend and former teacher wrote the liner notes for my upcoming solo piano CD, Emanation (Solo: Volume 2). It was an honor to have him write the notes as Richie has made about a million solo piano recordings. I think he really nailed it. If you’d like to read what he has to say, the notes are online.
Emanation Liner Notes