Exciting News and Upcoming Performances in 2017

photo by r.r. jones
Hello everyone!
It’s been awhile, so I thought I’d begin with a short letter I wrote to my friends in a post at the end of 2016 while I was traveling. Enjoy, and scroll down for some exciting updates!

I’m so fortunate to bring in 2017 playing music in a beautiful place with incredible friends by my side.

Each orbit around the sun we face new hardships, threats & uncertainties. We’re bombarded with tragedies, unbelievable truths. We step into the light, yet we’re pushed into the shadows.

But life is so special. And we humans are evolving. We’re constantly discovering things about our race, our planet, our universe. We have so much information at our fingertips. Our minds are more brilliant than ever before.
Still, many of us are blind. Our impact on our planet is great. It’s time to take action.

We have to open up. What can we contribute? How can we help those in need & be the best people we can be?

We need to support and care for each other.

We must preserve our planet for future generations. For our sons and daughters. For radiant humming birds and giant grizzly bears.

My goal this year is to inspire others to find the love I’ve found in music in everything they do. I also hope to share my love for the earth and work with others to explore and protect our planet.

Let’s Dream. Sing. Play. Create. Research. Experiment. Build. Teach. Laugh. Forgive. Console. Admire. Conserve.

Most of all, just


Here’s to a new year. The best year yet. One we’ll always remember.

I’m lucky to spend lot of my time on the road with Sammy Miller and the Congregation, and we’re getting ready for a summer tour around Canada, Europe and the US. If you’re in any of these cities, come hear us!

Vancouver Jazz Festival – June 24
Victoria Jazz Festival – June 26
Toronto Jazz Festival – June 27
Ottawa Jazz Festival – June 28
Montreal Jazz Festival – June 29
Rochester Jazz Festival- June 30/July 1
Umbria Jazz Festival – Perugia, Italy – July 7-16
Jazz à Juan – Antibes, France – Jazz A Juan – July 19
Jazz San Javier, Spain – July 23
Monterey Jazz Festival – September 16

Click for an updated list of all my gigs!
Faculty at the Stanford Jazz Workshop Jazz Institute July 30 – Aug 4 & guest appearance on Victor Lin’s Festival Concert July 27th!
I’m honored to return to the Stanford Jazz Workshop for the 15th straight year. I started as a camper, worked as a counselor and then participated in their mentorship program in 2010/11. Now I’m excited for my first year teaching at the Jazz Institute. I’m on faculty alongside some of my favorite musicians, including George Cables, Ravi Coltrane and more. Check out the SJW website to sign up for their incredible educational programs, or check out some of the great festival concerts happening this summer!
Click here for more info about the Stanford Jazz Workshop
Last summer during Umbria Jazz 16, Borgani Saxophones extended me an invitation to travel to their factory in Macerata, Italy to play their legendary instruments. Since my visit, I’ve started playing their amazing “Flexitone” ligatures, and I had the opportunity to play one of their Vintage tenors during our shows at Umbria Jazz Spring in Terni. Here’s a short video of me playing the horn!
Click for YouTube Video with the Vintage Borgani Tenor
Great Awakening with Sammy Miller & The Congregation
I’ve performed with Sammy’s band non-stop for a couple years now, and we recently premiered our first full-length musical “Great Awakening.” We finished two sold out runs in Los Angeles and NYC this spring and we’re gearing up for more. This is our most fully realized show to date – with singing, acting, dancing and plenty of surprises. Come see us soon in a city near you!
Be on the lookout for more performances in Los Angeles and NYC this fall